Nokomis Learning Center Okemos, MI 5153 Marsh Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 349-5777 www.nokomis.org

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Anishinaabemowin tonight at 6:30 pm! See you all there!
  • on 03/15/2017
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Eric William Ederer
We are having Language Night tonight at 6:30pm. Please stop by, and see learn some words of Ojibway! Our teachers are very dedicated. Hope to see you!
  • on 03/15/2017
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Last night Nokomis welcomed those who attended the Rise with Standing Rock event at the Capital to a community feast. We were happy to open our doors.
  • on 03/11/2017
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Winners of our soup and fry bread contests.
  • on 02/19/2017
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This Sunday at 2 pm! Boobiikeng: Soup and Fry Bread Cook-Off. If you aren't entering a soup or fry bread, please bring a dish to pass. See you Sunday at 2 pm!
  • on 02/17/2017
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Don't forget our Boobiikeng/Soup and fry bread cook-off and potluck is next Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 pm.
  • on 02/12/2017
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  • on 02/09/2017
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Round Dance February 18 in Manistee
  • on 02/08/2017
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  • on 02/06/2017
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Winona LaDuke to speak at GVSU!
  • on 02/02/2017
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Aanii All! Hope your warm and healthy! We are meeting tonight! Venture out if you can and feel up to it! Based on donation at this time* We like to give something to our teachers for their efforts*** Miigwetch* Nokomis 6:30 to 8:30 Staff**
  • on 02/01/2017
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anishinaabemwin'naa miinawaa bimaadiziwin'naa... (our language and our way of life)... 'kina' (ki- na)'...this is translated & written as: 'everyone, everybody'... however, this literally means in anishinaabe thought: 'every life form that was created from the creator who gave us life... 'ki'...the land, the berries we eat, the medicines, the trees, the water, the water beings, the rock, mountains, birds, the smallest of insect to the largest animal, the sky, the clouds, the stars, the sun, the moon, the rain, the lightening, the thunders, the 4 seasons, the ancestors...all of these have a state of being of a spirit with us everyday...we are as one with all life forms of the creator... 'na'...at times, speakers tend to say..'na'...'listen, look'... 'kina'...all of creator's creation look, listen... this is who we are speaking to in the language, all life forms on this earth that surrounds us, when we go into the spiritual realm, at least, we should acknowledge these and say our thanks for giving us life... minidoowin anishinaabemwin...anishinaabe language is spiritual... mii owi...
  • on 02/01/2017
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anishinaabemwin... we do not have a direct translation for the word; 'sorry'... in the english language, it's common as to say..'I'm sorry'..for whatever reason we should be sorry for... in anishinaabe language, we could say any of the following: 'gaa njida'.../...'gaawiin njida'.../ 'gaayiin njida'... these words; 'gaa../...gaawiin../... gaayiin.../...gaawii...'..takes on the negative forms of.. 'no'... njida (n-ji-da)...translates to: 'on purpose'... so, within this context this changes the translation a bit when we say;..'gaawiin njida'...'not on purpose'... we can expand a bit as to why such as: 'gaawiin njida gaa nin'naa'...or ...'gaa nin'naa gaayiin njida'... (not on purpose (what) I said to you).../... What I said to you was not on purpose... 'gaawiin njida gaa doodamaa'...(what I did was not on purpose)... in the old ways, they use to say...'you should only say this, 1 time only...for whatever reason and learn from it... this lesson can easily be extended to older teachings that we left behind, such as 'respect', such as the feelings of... nda maanaadendam gaa nin'naa... nda giisaadendam gaa nin'naa...I feel bad.../...I feel sad..etc... it seems that today's kids, teenagers easily say; 'I'm sorry'...when they actually do or say to each other repeatedly for whatever reason... mii owi...
  • on 02/01/2017
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Mark your calendar for the Riverbank pow wow on June 2, 3 and 4, downtown Lansing!
  • on 01/30/2017
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Grassroots effort builds Anishinabemowin dictionary

WIKWEMIKONG—A dedicated group of language speakers come together each Thursday to talk Anishinabemowin, not just any dialect of Odawa, Ojibwe or Potawatami...

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  • on 01/27/2017
Estrella Torrez
Reminder: IYEP Potluck 6-8pm at Fenner Nature Center this Friday (January 20th, 2017). Hope to see you all there!
  • on 01/18/2017
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Join us in February for our Boobiikeng: Fry Bread and Soup Sunday (a cook-off)! Bring your best home-made fry bread or soup (wild rice, corn, squash, etc.) or just another dish to pass. We will vote on the best fry bread and soups. Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm! P.S. Boobiikeng is pronounced bow-bee-keng and means "We are cooking soup" in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)
  • on 01/16/2017
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  • on 01/16/2017
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Nokomis has an excellent resource library of Native American books of history, crafts and language. Become a member now and enjoy the benefits of our lending library!
  • on 01/16/2017
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Aanii! Let's try again to get back to learning again this Wednesday! Always check your email on winter Wednesdays as our Elders don't like coming out when it is bad weather! Yes we will share snacks and remember our teachers are so kind and dedicated to be sharing their knowledge with us....donations are accepted. Drive safe! Be warm! Language Table 6:30 to 8:30...Wednesdays
  • on 01/10/2017
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Aanii and lets try again to get back to learning! Always check your email on winter Wednesdays as our Elders dont like coming out when it bad weather! Yes we will share snacks and remember our teachers are so kind and dedicated to be sharing their knowledge with us....donations are accepted* Drive safe! Be warm! Language Table 6:30 to 8:30...Wednesdays Blessings Nokomis Staff*
  • on 01/10/2017
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We are sorry to report that due to the high winds and bitter cold, language class is cancelled tonight. Please join us again next week.
  • on 01/04/2017
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Language class starts up again this Wednesday, January 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. As in the past there will be a break in between for visiting and snacking. Please remember we can offer this because of your donations and input. We like to give our teachers what we can for coming out. Welcome back!
  • on 01/03/2017
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Upcoming event at U of M featuring the artwork of Dr. Suzanne Cross!
  • on 12/21/2016
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Nokomis is on Twitter! Follow us-Nokomis Learning Center @NokomisCenter
  • on 12/19/2016
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5153 Marsh Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone.....................(517) 349-5777

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Thursday: 10:00am - 3:00pm Friday: Closed Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

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