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Language Crisis

Many native languages are in danger of becoming extinct as fewer and fewer people are native speakers of the language.  For hundreds of years, American policy has been one of assimilation,  encouraging people to give up their heritage to "become American."  Another factor contributing to the disappearance of languages is that they fail to keep up with the times and cannot be used effectively to communicate modern terms.

New Ojibwe Words

In early July, 2009, a group of Ojibwe elders met for three days at the Minnesota Humanities Center in Saint Paul to create and agree upon terms for new concepts.  These terms are new additions into the canon of Ojibwe language, although like many terms in English, they have existed in spoken culture before being "approved" in written form.

Throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada, there are several Ojibwe language immersion schools.  Many of them employ teachers who are not fluent speakers.  This dictionary will allow them to be able to use these terms to teach math, science, biology, social studies and more.

About the Book

For the Ojibwe language to live, it must be used for everything, every day. While most Ojibwe people live in a modern world, dominated by computers, motors, science, mathematics, and global issues, the language that has grown to discuss these things is not often taught or thought about by most teachers and students of the language. A group of nine fluent elders representing several different dialects of Ojibwe gathered with teachers from Ojibwe immersion schools and university language programs to brainstorm and document less-well-known but critical modern Ojibwe terminology. Topics discussed include science, medicine, social studies, geography, mathematics, and punctuation. This book is the result of their labors.

The working session for this project was entirely funded by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center through a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Project (Anton Treuer, Project Coordinator).

The New Dictionary is FREE to download below.

 
 
Sample Table of Contents (not interactive)

Introduction: Language Crisis...................................................... 4

Ojibwe Vocabulary Project: Getting Started.............................. 5

Ojibwe Vocabulary Project: Process............................................ 8

Contact ......................................................................................... 13

Master Word List: Ojibwe to English ....................................... 14

Term List 1: Science.................................................................... 45

Term List 2: Math........................................................................ 61

Term List 3: Punctuation............................................................ 69

Term List 4: Music and Dance................................................... 72

Term List 5: Bodily Functions.................................................... 75

Term List 6: Social Studies.......................................................... 77

Term List 7: Place Names........................................................... 86

Term List 8: Electricity................................................................ 88

Master Word List: English to Ojibwe........................................ 89