Anishinaabemowin (IPA: ənɪʃɪna:be:mowɪn, non-IPA: uh-nish-in-ah-bay-mo-win), also known as Ojibwe, is the traditional language of the Anishinaabe people. With somewhere around 100,000 speakers across the US and Canada, it is the fourth most spoken indigenous language in North America. As with all languages, there is a huge range of dialectal, geographical, and inter-generational variation in the vocabulary, grammar, and sounds of the language. Along with the language, Anishinaabe people are bound by a common belief system with ancient roots and ties to the land. The dialect of my ancestors and the other tribes and bands of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Dakota is generally known as Southwestern Ojibwe. There is a wealth of resources to learn more about Anishinaabemowin. With increasing frequency, the current generation is making an effort to reconnect with the language. All of this is made possible by the hard work of the first speakers, many of whom are elders in the community, professors at universities across the continent, community centers that host language tables, and the drive of all Anishinaabe people to maintain an autonomous nation and preserve tradition. Here are a few ways to get connected:

Online learning

University Programs

K-12 Learning

Community Opportunities

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