Our producer writes about the road we took to finding David Treuer's voice and creating this particular show.
Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding experience of how language forms what makes us human. Some memories and realities, he has found, can only be carried forward in time by Ojibwe.
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About the Image
Toronto-based photographer Nadya Kwandibens walks with her father at her home in northern Ontario, Canada. A member of the Northwest Angle #37 First Nation, she often confers with her father to learn Ojibwe vocabulary. (photo: Nadya Kwandibens)
Voices on the Radio
Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Managing Producer: Kate Moos
Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley
Producer: Colleen Scheck
Associate Producer: Nancy Rosenbaum
Associate Producer: Marc Sanchez
Online Editor/Producer: Trent Gilliss
Associate Web Producer: Andrew Dayton