Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ray Kiogima collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ray Kiogima collection,
Creator: Cappel, Constance,--1936-
Inclusive dates: 1979, 2006
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Abstract:
This collection, collected by Cappel, documents her work with Kiogima on their book, including biographical material, clippings, and copies of books and translations by Ray Kiogima.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English and Ottawa
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#70,015

Access Restrictions:

Ray Kiogima collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ray Kiogima collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Wm. Raymond Kiogima was born around 1933. He grew up in “Indiantown,” near Second Street in Harbor Springs (Mich.). His parents spoke Odawa [Ottawa] at home. Ray attended Holy Childhood Catholic Boarding School where he was required to speak English. When Ray was 13-years-old, he and his four brothers went to live with their grandmother who spoke Odawa and insisted they learn it. Ray fell in love with the language and what it represented culturally to his people. In 1992, Ray retired after working as a carpenter for 40 years. Currently, he is one of several members of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians who are fluent in Odawa. Ray served as a member of the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum; as Chair of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Gaming Regulatory Commission; a member of the Harbor Area Regulatory Board of Resources, Inc.; and as a member of Middle Village Park Committee. He regularly leads prayers for tribal meetings. Ray was awarded the Harbor Springs Community Service Award. He has taught Odawa classes, and co-authored with Constance Cappel the book, Odawa language and legends: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima. The book includes Blackbird's original 1887 book with Kiogima's Odawa dictionary, grammar, translations of taped legends, and his own stories.

Constance Cappel, like Kiogima, is a Michigan author and educator who lives in Harbor Springs. Her books include: Sweetgrass and Smoke; Hemingway in Michigan; Utopian colleges; a Stairwell in Lodz; a Union of Voices: accounts of the union institute and university; and the Odawa before and after smallpox bioterrorism.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection, collected by Cappel, documents her work with Kiogima on their book. It includes Biographical Information on Kiogima, mainly clippings (copies) and Internet articles about him and his book, 2006; Biographical Information on Cappel from her website, 2006; Correspondence from Constance Cappel to Martha Bates, Editor of Michigan State University Press re: Kiogima's Odawa to English Dictionary, 2004; Cynthia Hayne's notes (copies) from Ray's Ottawa language class at Harbor Springs (Mich.), Spring 1976; an Introduction to Ray Kiogima's Book II, pp.1-3, by Cappel, 2004; Odawa Language and Legends: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima, 2005 (2 copies); Odawa to English (copy) by Kiogima, 2004; Original Odawa voices: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima, compiled and edited by Constance Cappel, 2004 (pp.1-8, draft); Ottawa Stories, translated by Ray Kiogima (copies), 2004; and an untitled Prayer (in Ottawa and English), undated, probably translated and prayed by Ray at the opening of a tribal meeting.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Kiogima, Ray.
    • Cappel, Constance,--1936-
    • Blackbird, Andrew J.,--b.1810
    • Michigan authors.
    • Ottawa Indians.
    • Ottawa Indians--Folklore.
    • Ottawa Indians--Biography.
    • Ottawa language.
    • Harbor Springs (Mich.)--History.
    • Harbor Springs (Mich.)--Biography.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Ray Kiogima collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, Cappel, 2006
    Box   1 F   2
    Biographical Information (copies), Kiogima, 2006
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, from Constance Cappel to Martha Bates, Editor of Michigan State University Press, 2004
    Box   1 F   4
    Cynthia Hayne's notes (copies) from Ray's Ottawa language class at Harbor Springs, Michigan, Spring 1976
    Box   1 F   5
    Introduction to Raymond Kiogima's Book II, pp.1-3, by Cappel, 2004
    Box   1 F   6
    Odawa Language and Legends: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima (drafts, 2 copies), 2005
    Box   1 F   7
    Odawa to English (copy) by Kiogima, 2004
    Box   1 F   8
    Original Odawa voices: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima, compiled and edited by Constance Cappel (pp.1-8, draft), 2004
    Box   1 F   9
    Ottawa Stories, translated by Ray Kiogima (copies), 2004
    Box   1 F   10
    Prayer (in Ottawa and English), undated