Language Bridging: Ojibwe

Background Information

Many native languages are in danger of becoming extinct as fewer and fewer people are native speakers of the language. In other cases, languages fail to keep up with the times and cannot be used effectively to communicate modern terms.

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

The U.S. Rosetta Project is proud to partner with students and teachers interested in language survival, to present science, technology, engineering, and mathematical material from the project as a vehicle for discussion, and for the purpose of increasing the desire to learn and achieve in Ojibwe. The U.S. Rosetta project would also like to promote an atmosphere of multi-culturalism, and cross-cultural appreciation.

Our Ojibwe section starts with a presentation of a few selected science terms in Ojibwe. Ojibwe students will be invited to participate in our Lutetia essay contest [to be unveiled soon].

To read more about contemporary Ojibwe vocabulary, get a copy of "Aaniin Ekidong: Ojibwe Vocabulary Project" by Dr. Anton Treuer of Bemidji State University at Amazon.com or at the following URL:  http://minnesotahumanities.org/resources/aaniin

Click here for a complete list of vocabulary words.