Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ojibwemowin On The Move!

by Scott Hall

I'm reading "Discovering The Little Brothers", a new children's book by Chelsea Annette. Chelsea is a Sr. at St. Scholastica in Duluth. It's a story about a songbird, Nagamowin-benishiinh, looking for a place to nest.

Chelsea introduces young and beginning Ojibwe speakers like me to some Ojibwe phrases and words, including animal names like Waagosh (fox), Amik (beaver), Makwa (bear), Name (sturgeon), and Mooz (moose).

The amount of Ojibwe literature is growing, and it's exciting to see young people like Chelsea and Giimiwan, a teacher in the Nigaane program at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena, who are excited about learning and teaching the language of their ancestors. Over the next few weeks and months listen for more voices of the Anishinaabeg on KAXE.
(picture at right: students at Nigaane)

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