This Blog is about my Awakening to my Ojibwe Heritage. I will add my bio and other information over the next few days. Thank you for your patience.
My name is David Fritze. I live in Duluth Minnesota. I discovered recently that my ancestors are of the White Earth and my family goes back to the time of the Allotment days and far beyond. My family goes back at least five generations on the White Earth and many generations before Reservations. We have ancestral land on the White Earth. My family and I have been visiting this land and are in awe of its beauty and we hold it sacred. My mother's ashes are here and I know she watches over me and our extended family. We pledge to honor our ancestors and teach our children to be proud of their heritage.
The Ojibwe are also known as Ojibwa. The Ojibwe bands of Northern Minnesota are also members of the MCT or Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
I am working on a comprehensive Genealogy project. The first project is aimed at my Ojibwe heritage. It is powered by Family Tree Maker [FTM], a very powerful yet intuitive application.
Watch this space for project progress.
Excerpt from The Vermilion Lake Indian School
From Assimilation to Termination
Linda LeGarde Grover
“We descendants of boarding-school children thank them and also those who did not survive the experience for their courage, which made it possible for us to live as Indian people today.”
“Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records” This presentation includes a brief history of the BIA and the US Government relationship to American Indians. It is a great tool for those who are working on the genealogy of their Indian Heritage. The article about the Vermilion Boarding School was written by my cousin Linda LeGarde Grover. This helps anchor my own sense of place, my heritage as these wonderful people are my direct Ojibwe ancestors. NOTE: The mp3 audio file that accompanies Mr. White's presentation is separated into two files. The original is too large to upload as is.
Open both the Cody White PDF and the MP3 audio files together. The MP3 is Mr. White's narration of the PDF slide show. He gives you the verbal que to advance to the next slide during his talk. On a personal note, this is really tough stuff emotionally for me. I'm not indulging myself. I am though assimilating the full reality of the Diaspora of the American Indian People. This is a test given by Creator and I know through Vision Quest that a wonderful gift is coming into the world.
There is an important relationship between the people, the earth, and all things in and on and over the earth. This relationship is given by the Great Spirit, the Great Mystery. This way of being, the Path Taken long ago and Nearly Forgotten, is one of being grounded, in balance, centered. The basis for this relationship is one of love and respect for each other and all of Creation. We need to get back to this path, this way of being. There are two major themes today that require our support; becoming a Water Protector and supporting the Honor the Earth movement.
Please read the poem and notes "So, This is Where You Have Taken Us" under the tab Poems, Essays,Writings for my perspective as this was my reality for a time. -DF