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How do you say "blueberry pie" in Ojibwa / Chippewa?

TR: "Could you tell us how you ask for a piece of blueberry pie in Chippewa?"

Paul Buffalo: "You know I had a lot of laughs over that [word for pie]. One time I says ah . . . I said to my . . . the next table, I says, “pass that baa-tay . . .” , it's ah . . . apple pie, “Pass that baa - tay - mi - shi - mi - ni - /\ - bii - tu - sI - jay - g/\n - i - bash - kI - mI - /\ - ssay - g - /\/ - d/\ - b/\ - kway - \ii - g/\n - sI - gu - bun.”

"And everybody looked at me. 'What happened to you?'”

[Laughs]

"I said . . . I said 'Pass the pie over there.'”

[Laughs]

"ji - gay - tay - uu - zo - mi - nI - bi/\sh - k/\mI - /\ - ssi - g/\ - d/\ - b/\ - kway - jii - g/\n - i - ssI - gu - b/\n, that's 'the pie' in Indian, blueberry pie and apple pie."

"Gee"

[Laughs]

"That's how it's made, the sauce and all that stuff you know, how . . . how it's prepared. And a lot of the jaw-breaker [are like that]."

Paul Buffalo interview, 1971
<www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/Buffalo/video/excerpts_transcript.html>

Woman and Blueberries, Parick DesJarlait, 1971

Woman and Blueberries.
Creator: Patrick DesJarlait (1912-1972)
Art Collection, Watercolor, 1971
Visual Resources Database
Minnesota Historical Society
Location No. AV1979.211 Negative No. 30610

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