We believe collaboration is at the heart of education.
Currently, we have several important research projects aimed towards conservation and education:
Anishinaabe-Mishtadimoons Inawendiwin - Restoring and
Awakening the Cultural and Ecological Context
PIs Drs. Jeneile Luebke and Brian McInnes.
In 1976, only four Lac La Croix Ojibwe ponies (mishtadimoonsag) remained after facing near decimation
from both US and Canadian governments. The reciprocal exchange between the Ojibwe and their four-
legged relatives formed Ojibwe horse society traditions. Colonial policy aimed at decimating Indigenous
lifeways, languages, and cultural traditions, disrupted time-honored systems of human-animal
interrelationship and the values, ethics, and spiritual connections that were a part of Anishinaabe-
Mishtadimoons' interrelationship. The breed is critically endangered with only 20 registered Ojibwe
ponies currently residing in the United States. Ojibwe people have experienced similar losses, with only
20 first speakers of Wisconsin Ojibwe remaining. We propose to partner with the Humble Horse to
collect Ojibwe language stories of the ponies and develop a learning guide to help facilitate healing and
education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. As Indigenous researchers, we will utilize a
Seven Teachings knowledge-building framework in our work with six Lac La Croix and Bois Forte
members who grew up with Ojibwe ponies. We are interested in how these horses were integrated into
community life and how these stories can strengthen culture, language, and life practices in Ojibwe
Ojibwe Pony semen collection and freezing project.
PI Dr. Casie Bass
Collection and freezing of Ojibwe studs and colts for long-term storage of reproductive samples.