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  • Armin Wiebe
    careful insertions of Flat German words or literal English translations of Flat German expressions That is why you will encounter strange words in my Gutenthal novels Don t let this scare you though The strange words provide texture but are not essential for following the story and most of the time the context should give you the meaning If you use English phonics skills your pronunciation should be pretty near

    Original URL path: http://www.arminwiebe.ca/GutenthalSpeaks.html (2015-11-17)
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  • More about Tatsea
    transit to and from work and as I got into the story I found it so powerful and unrelenting I wished my day away to get back on the bus and continue the story I gave the manuscript to my 12 year old daughter who finished it in 2 days with great enthusiasm and excitement What else can I say It is a good exciting read Jim Martin former Director

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  • Armin Wiebe's Wiebe Site
    bulchi a loaf of bread Bulchi Wiebe devours freshly baked bread Chinga freow met sukka bestreit Children s questions with sugar sprinkled shtramel long thin strip She was a shtramel of skin and bone drankahma a slop pail Muttachi threw the drankahma at me dummheit stupidity Smoking is just dummheit for sure yanzeed on the other side of the Red River We used to live by Yanzeed febeizel to lose

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  • Armin Wiebe's Wiebe Site
    groot Speak Schuckel schuckel scissor legs At Easter we eat eggs At Pentecost we eat white bread Die we not We won t be dead schludenz a ragged slob She went out with that schludenz from Altbergthal Iesaak Shpriesack Schlenkjafoot Schleit siene Brut Em Kjalla doot Recite Isaac Shucksack Stumble foot Beats his bride In the cellar dead verenichi Flat German perogies Verenchi with rhubarb sauce are a delicacy Listen

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  • Mike Nitsiza
    Mike Nitsiza holding a selection of Lac La Martre Readers at Mezi Community School in 1984

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  • Letter from Jim Martin
    cliffs to avoid capture by the Cree I still vividly remember the long silence in the canoes during a school trip as we passed at a safe distance from the bad medicine represented by this spirit island Even the name of Lac La Martre a community situated on a pristine lake that glistens in the sunlight like a Carribean paradise reflected the heritage of this past violence Its real name was Tso Ti or shit lake The old Oblate priest said that the French name was really supposed to be Lac la Merde or Lake of Excrement but was changed to the more innocuous Lac la Martre to soothe the outside sensibilities of northern mapmakers why would anyone ever call this beautiful place excrement lake local people told me it was because of the way the lake looked with the bodies blood and entrails of Dogrib men women and children floating in the surf after a particularly vicious attack by Cree marauders The stories were in stark contrast to the naive visions of paradise that I imagined for a pre contact aboriginal people By their own words the Dogrib elders described a violent brutal and very dangerous world I heard the story of the frog faced boy of the Cree who chased the man down the Lac La Martre River and were lured to their deaths over the falls and it was said still can be seen and heard at the base of the cliff the young woman who was the first to meet the white traders and the first guns that were brought back to the Dogrib I read with growing recognition and excitement these stories placed so skillfully into the single narrative of Tatsea and Ikotsali It was the story of an unlikely couple that grew to respect

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  • Profile by Deborah Froese
    his writing with the full time job of teaching creative writing in the Creative Communications program at Red River College It isn t an easy balance Teaching both drains me and inspires me he admits The hardest thing for my own writing is getting out of editing mode when I need to be in rough draft mode with my editor shut off The Salvation of Yasch Siemens a unique coming of age tale was Armin s first published novel It received nominations for the Books in Canada First Novel Award as well as for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour This novel was followed by a tongue in cheek mystery Murder in Gutenthal and a political spoof The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst Each of these satirical yarns is staged in the fictional Mennonite village of Gutenthal and each incorporates a most unusual appproach to language The year they built the TV tower I was heista kopp in love with Shaftich Shreeda s daughter Fleeda So begins The Salvation of Yasch Siemens In sharp contrast to these humorous tales Armin s upcoming novel from Turnstone Press Tatsea is as he describes it an adventure love story set in Denendeh Canadian Subarctic in the 1760s But Tatsea exceeds Armin s simple description This is a dramatic novel with powerful spiritual undertones and strong well drawn characters It is rich in aboriginal history and culture a result of extensive research and an obvious admiration for the subject matter The seeds of Tatsea were sown nearly twenty years ago when Armin and his wife taught in Lac La Martre in the Northwest Territories To provide reading material students could relate to school staff began sharing stories about the culture and life of the community and Armin put many of them down on paper

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  • Teacher Resources
    The Essay questions deal with the entire novel Also included are Creative Writing opportunities and a selected list of internet sites relating to the Dogrib people Download Teacher Resource Manual For the Novel Tatsea This manual was prepared by teachers from the Tlicho Community Services Agency and Yellowknife Catholic Schools with assistance by Armin Wiebe Download Dear Mr Wiebe I am pleased to report that my English Language Arts 20

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