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Ojibwe Language Children’s Book “Awesiinyensag” Named “Minnesota’s Best Read”

mathias | September 8, 2011

The Ojibwe language children’s book Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Jigikinoo’amaageng was recently crowned Minnesota’s Best Read by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and will represent all state publications at the National Book Festival on September 24 – 25 in Washington, D.C. The book features a playful cast of relatable animals. It has [...]

Bemidji Expands Permanent Ojibwe Language Town Signs

mathias | August 3, 2011

A while ago, Shared Visions put Male and Female English-Ojibwe bathroom signs in various locales around Bemidji, Minnesota, where several Ojibwe communities are located. Now, permanent English-Ojibwe signs (translated by Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University) can be seen in hospitals, schools, parks, centers, and businesses. Business owner Brian Larson had his [...]

Whole Town of Bemidji Becomes Ojibwa Language Immersion Experience

mathias | April 6, 2011

Bemidji, Minnesota, a town of 14,000 between the reservations of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is labeling objects around town with Ojibwe terms (like Ininiwag (men) and Ikwewag (women) on bathroom signs), as in Hawaii where words like aloha (hello/goodbye/love) and mahalo (thank [...]

End of Ojibwe in Suttons Bay Public Schools, Minnesota?

mathias | March 13, 2011

On March 10th, The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire hosted Ojibwe language activist, author, and Bemidji State University Professor of Ojibwe Dr. Anton Treuer, who was mentioned in a previous SAIVUS Blog posting, to speak about Ojibwe and language revitalization. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He is the editor of [...]

Red Lake Ojibwa Language Preservation Summit

mathias | January 21, 2011

Ashinaabe (also called Ojibwa, Ojibwe, Chippewa) is a very large tribe situated in both the US and Canada with many bands that differ in their language, history and culture. Therefore, ‘helping Ashinaabe’ is a very political matter. Settling these matters allows groups to bind together such that they’re more equip to tackle more powerful goals. [...]

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