For thousands of years wisdom has been handed down to generation after generation through the art of story telling. The Ojibway are no stranger to stories and legends. Stories carry our beliefs, our history, and warnings of what not to do in this life. My dear friend Gary Johnson always had a story and he based it on the way you plopped down on the chair in front of him. In his stories he passed on lessons, humor, and guidance that still steers me to this day.
Gary was one in a million and how he memorized hundreds of oral stories is a feat only known to him. His life was cut far to short as he was called home in May 2021. Oral traditions are the life blood of our community and that blood will only flow if we speak the words that came before us. Gary impacted the lives of thousands and his well lived life deserves to be honored. His words, should continue to flow, and they will do just that.
Johnson’s Tales is my brand new podcast. Where I will pass on Gary’s stories as they were told to me. Word for word, thankfully Gary wrote some of them down and I cannot wait to share them with all of you. Look for the first tale in October 2021.