Boozhoo, Mekadebinesikwe indigoo, migizi indoodem. Ozhaawashko-Wiikwedong indoonjibaa, Baawiting dash onjibaawag indaanikoobijiganag. My name is Kai Minosh Pyle and I am Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. My primary research is on Anishinaabe Two-Spirit (LGBTQ) linguistic, literary, and historical memory from 1800 to the present.
I grew up in northeastern Wisconsin, where my mother’s ancestors settled in the mid-1800s and my father’s ancestors have lived as far back as written records exist and beyond. I have family connections to Polish-American communities in northeastern Wisconsin and Chicago, and to Anishinaabe and Métis communities around Green Bay, Michilimackinac, Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg.
I’ve been fascinated by history for as long as I can remember, and equally as long I’ve been frustrated by the way many historical texts talk about my ancestors and indigenous people in general–which is how this blog came to be. I am also very interested in languages (particularly endangered and Indigenous languages), and am in the process of learning several languages from my heritage, namely Michif, Ojibwe, and Cree.