Bawdwaywidun, or Edward Benton-Banai, is a full blood Ojibwe-Anishinabe of the Fish Clan from the Odawazawguh i gunning or Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in the beautiful northern Wisconsin. A strong advocate for culture-based education and the relearning of our sacred Anishinabemowin language, Benton-Banai is the presiding Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge.
He is an educator with a degree in Education from U-Minn. and is an MBA, candidate, U-Cal. He received his PhD from the Andaa Wiinjigewin program at Seven Generations Education Institute. He holds an Ojibwe Language/Culture teaching license with the Minn. Dept. of Education. He is a lifelong master speaker and teacher of the sacred midewiwin language and its philosophy and theology.
He is a pioneer in culture-based curriculum/Indian alternative education, believing that education should be built on one's heritage and cultural identity, and should encourage spirituality, creativity, and cultural pride. He founded the Red School House, an Indian-controlled school for children K-12 located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He is one of the original founders the American Indian Movement, arguably the most influential movements that has led to self-identity, pride and revival of American Indian culture for the last generation of Anishinabe people. He was the American Indian Movement's spiritual leader.
He is the author of The Mishomis Book, the first book of its kind that provides an understanding of the sacred Midewiwin teachings written for Anishinabe families. And the recently released: Anishinabe Almanac, Anishinabe living thru the seasons. As well Bawdwaywidun or Eddie as he is also known has written other publications re: Mide teachings, philosophy, short stories, prose/poetry, all native cuture, spirituality based. A very knowledgable speaker, he is much sought after for his advice and counseling skills and ability. He is also the Academic/Spiritual Advisor for Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig/Shingwauk University.
Bawdwaywidun, is his spirit name, lives on the Little Round Lake at the L.C.O. Reserve, Wisconsin, with his children and grandchildren