Nana’b’oozhoo and His Family

by waaseyaa'sin christine sy

Nana'b'oozhoo & His Family

Nana’b’oozhoo and His Family

In the spirit of getting to know Nana’b’oozhoo a little more, above, a diagram of he and his family, as taken from Basil Johnston’s The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995).

Starting with Nana’b’oozhoo, the youngest of four brothers, to the left are Cheeby-aub-oozoo, Pukawiss, Maudjee-kawiss. Winonah, their mother, is the daughter of Nokomis.  When Winonah died days after giving birth to Nana’b’oozhoo, Nokomis cared for him thereafter.

Ae-pungishmook is the spirit of the west & Winonah is the first breast feeder (personal communication, Elder Doug Williams, abi’aboon 2011, Nogojiwanong [Peterborough]). She is human with spirit-like attributes and birthed her babies about a generation about (e.g. 20 – 25 years). Maudjee-kawiss means first son (this is his second name; first born daughters are named Maudjee-quawiss); Pukawiss means the disowned (this is his second name as well); and, Wau-boozoo, meaning white tail in reference to the rabbit, later became named Cheeby-aub-oozoo meaning the ghost of rabbit.

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