Ojibwemowin: The Ojibwe Language
Ojibwemowin has been called by many names including Anishinaabemowin, Ojibwe, Ojibway, Ojibwa, Southwestern Chippewa, and Chippewa. It is a Central Algonquian language spoken by the Anishinaabe people throughout much of Canada from Ontario to Manitoba and US border states from Michigan to Montana. It is centered around the Great Lakes homeland of the Ojibwe people.
It is estimated that there are probably 46,000 fluent speakers in Canada and about 7,500 in the United States with significant efforts underway to revitalize the language across the region, with immersion schools operating in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the language being taught in many secondary and post-secondary classrooms throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Manitoba and Ontario. Ojibwemowin has a growing number of second-language speakers.
While not a written language, efforts have been made to create a functional written form of Ojibwemowin. The standard form uses a double-vowel system to write Ojibwe words phonetically. This alphabet has become the standard writing system for Ojibwe in the United States and in some parts of Canada.
A Conversation in Ojibwemowin
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