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Much has been written and debated about the origin of Native Americans. Scientific anthropology insists that they must have come over a land bridge or the ice during the last ice age and that they are descendants of Asiatic forbears.

Mormons claim that they are descendants of the Lost Tribe of Joseph through one of his sons, Manasseh.

There is evidence that there was traffic and trade across the Atlantic between West Africa and South America with migrations into what is now Mexico and the southeast region of the United States. Even genetic ancestors from Europe are not yet ruled out. Other esoteric claims of alien spacecraft push credulity to the limit.

Some people, especially the Hopi, believe that they arrived through a "hole" in time. "Most Native Americans reject these saying that their ancient stories say that they originated on the American continent. 

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Indian Tribes and Termination

Ojibwe Encampment on the Winnipeg River by Paul Kane

Ojibwe Art and Dance

Interpreting the Ojibwe Pictographs of North Hegman Lake, MN

Ojibwe Forestry and Resource Management

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Ojibwe Honor Creation, the Elders and Future Generations

Ojibwe Indian Reservations and Trust Land

Ojibwe Language

Introduction to Ojibwe Language

Introduction to Ojibwe Noun and Pronoun Grammar

Introduction to Ojibwe Numbers
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Introduction to Ojibwe Verbs
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Introduction to Ojibwe
Verb Grammar

Introduction to Ojibwe Command and Question Grammar

FREELANG OJIBWE DICTIONARY - free downloadable Ojibwe-English & English-Ojibwe dictionary form Freelang.net.

Ojibwe Snowshoes and the Fur Trade

Ojibwe Sovereignty and the Casinos

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Family, Community, and School Impacts on American Indian and Alaska Native Students' Success

Tracing the Path of Violence: The Boarding School Experience

Quantum Physics Leads Science Back to the Sacred Fire

Cultural Differences Can Lead to Misunderstanding

Ojibwe Tobacco and Pipes

Traditional Ojibwe Entertainment

Myth of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel - 2 - 3 - 4

The Wallum Olum: a Pictographic History of the Lenni Lenape, Root Tribe from which the Ojibwe arose

A Migration Legend of the Delaware Tribe 

Wallum Olum: The Deluge - Part II

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Ojibwe Creation Story

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Soul of the Indian: Foreword

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Ojibwe Language

Because concepts in the Ojibwe language canít always be translated into English, learning Ojibwe is the key to ensuring that Ojibwe history and traditions are passed from one generation to the next. Indian values, like sharing and taking good care of our resources, live on through the language and benefit everyone ó Indian and non-Indian alike.

The Ojibwe language, with 6,000 verb forms, is highly complex. In fact, in the 1992 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the Ojibwe language was included under "languages most complex" for having the most verb forms.

Ojibwe is also very descriptive. For example, the Ojibwe word odaabaan-wigamig, which we translate as garage, actually means "a building where the car is kept." And the word gidaga agoongoosens which we translate into chipmunk, actually means "an animal that has spots between the stripes."

Most of the people who can still speak the Ojibwe language fluently are Elders. Many tribes fear that as their Elders pass away, the language ó and the culture ó will die. The Mille Lacs Band realizes how important it is to hold on to traditional culture and is therefore making great strides to teach its children the Ojibwe language.

For example, all children in the Bandís day care and Head Start programs and students in its Nay Ah Shing Schools receive Ojibwe language instruction from language teachers and Elders. An innovative language program for grades K-12 allows the Bandís Ojibwe speakers to work with children from infancy to graduation on a regular basis.

And the Nay Ah Shing Schools have started an experimental new learning program that focuses on the gifts of the Ojibwe culture, particularly language. Through the program, students receive additional training and support to achieve fluency in the Ojibwe language, and teachers are taught the philosophy behind the language.

Thanks to the Bandís efforts, the Ojibwe culture and language will survive, and both Indians and non-Indians will benefit from understanding the rich history and values that are taught by the Ojibwe people.

Indian Words

For most of us, English is the language we use every day. But did you know that words which contain one syllable are the only original English or Anglo-Saxon words? All of the rest of the words we use have come from other tongues, including American Indian languages.

Indian words for animals were adopted into the English language when Europeans first came to America. They had never seen many of the animals and didnít have names for them. Therefore, they adopted American Indian names like moose, caribou, raccoon, opossum, chipmunk, chigger, cougar, and jaguar.

Explorers and English-speaking settlers also adopted Indian words for plants and trees that were new to them: tobacco, tomato, potato, hickory, pecan, mahogany, maize (corn), squash, avocado, papaya and tapioca are are just some examples. All of these names were adopted from different tribes and different American Indian languages.

Okay and blizzard probably originated with Indians, as did the word Yankee (which meant English snake).

Indian geographical names are even more noticeable. Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Arizona were named by Indians. Some names reflect the tribes which lived in the area, such as the Dakota, Illini, Kansa and Massachuset.

Other names describe the land. Minnesota is Dakota for "waters that reflect the sky," Michigan is an Ojibwe word for "great water," and Nebraska means "flat" in the Omaha language. Chicago is derived from an Indian word for wild onions.

As the United States has adopted an array of cultures and people, so has the English language. It may not be something you think about everyday, but whenever you speak or write, you are using a language that reveals a very unique history.

Difference Between Terms "Ojibwe" and "Chippewa"

Chippewa, Ojibwe and Anishinabe are three terms I often hear Mille Lacs Band members use when speaking about their People. Why are there different words? What do these words mean?

Some historians say the term Ojibwe originated from the puckered moccasin that the Ojibwe were known for wearing and making. Others say that the word refers to the Ojibwe language itself, because the word for the Ojibwe language is Ojibwemowin. In addition to various interpretations of the meaning, there also different spellings for Ojibwe, such as Ojibwa or Ojibway. Despite these differences, an important part of the Ojibwe tradition is respecting peoplesí answers to historical questions such as this one.

Anishinabe is an Ojibwe word that means "spontaneously created" or "original man." This term refers to all Indians living in North and South America, including the Ojibwe. Ojibwe Indians often use the term Anishinabe (plural: Anishnabeg) when referring to one another. Mille Lacs Band members usually refer to themselves as Ojibwe Anishinabe because that is how Ojibwe people have traditionally referred to themselves.

The word Chippewa probably came about as a mispronunciation on the part of the white men who wrote and signed treaties with the Ojibwe Indians in the 1800s. Without a complete grasp on the Ojibwe language, these men referred to the Indians as Chippewa instead of Ojibwe. The name Chippewa has stuck and is still used today by both Indians and non-Indians to refer to the Ojibwe people. Mostly, it is used in reference to treaties.

American Indian or Native American

A lot of people ask, "Which is the right term? Native American or American Indian?"

Either term is acceptable, but individuals may differ on which name they prefer. When Columbus landed on the shores of North America, he believed he had found the East Indies, and he mistakenly called the people living on our land "Indians." Today, many Indian people prefer to call themselves American Indian to clarify their identity.

On the other hand, some native people prefer not to use the word ĎIndianí because it is associated with stereotypes and mistaken perceptions. Those individuals may call themselves Native Americans.

The most common terms used today are American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.

Although it is a matter of individual preference, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe prefers the term American Indian. More than 560 tribes remain in the United States and many have different words in their own languages for the original inhabitants of this land which they called "Turtle Island." However, the Ojibwe call all Indians "Anishinabeg" which means "original man" or "first peoples."

See the Introduction to Ojibwe as a Language

Anishinaabemowin - Rand Valentine's site, grammar, narratives with audio, etc.

MíChigeeng Elder Interviews - Several stories told by MíChigeeng Elders

Ojibwe language guide - some 50 words and simple phrases from White Earth.

Ojibwe Language form Lac du Flambeau - Verbs in audio from Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Our Languages - Nakawe - Saulteaux wordlists with audio from Our Languages site (Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre). Saulteaux dialect. They pronounce s/z instead of sh/zh there.

http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ks/5010_e.html - some phrases in Ojibwe (Anishinaabe from Canada).

http://www.schoolnet.ca/aboriginal/audiosam/anish/anish-e.html - some phrases in Anishinaabe (from Sagkeeng, Manitoba).

http://www.ktei.net some words with audio.

Ojibwe language lessons

Weekly Lessons - from Rand Valentine's Anishinaabemowin site.

News from the Sloughs - Bad River newspaper "News from the Sloughs" with language lessons.

The Ojibwe Language - three basic Ojibwe lessons and seven stories for kids in Ojibwe language from Red Lake Net News.

Anishnaabe Kidwinan - monthly Ojibwe lessons in .pdf format from Bay Mills News.

Ojibwe Inaajimowin - Mille Lacs Band monthly newspaper in .pdf format with short language articles.

On-line dictionaries and wordlists

Freelang Ojibwe Dictionary - free downloadable Ojibwe dictionary; 13,500 words from different regions of Anishinaabewaki (Ojibwe country).

http://home.hetnet.nl/mr_7/58/cvkolmes/ojibwe/ - Kees has Baraga's dictionary and a big wordlist from FDL (about 3,000 words).

Ojibwe Translator - Translation from English into Ojibwe.

Ojibway Sharing Circle - a big wordlist (about 1,700 words) on their Ojibway Language message board. (i think they use Plains Ojibwe)

http://mokennon2.albion.edu/ojibwe.htm - On-line translator for simple sentences.

Ojibwe Language from Lac du Flambeau - wordlists and some audio samples from Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

http://expage.com/olsclub - Good website with rather big wordlists.

http://www.nativetech.org/shinob/ojibwelanguage.html - Wordlists.

http://www.citilink.com/~nancyv/ojibwe/ - Short wordlists.

http://www.algonquinnation.ca/anishnabe/ - Algonquin wordlists.

Our Languages - Nakawe - Saulteaux wordlists with audio from Our Languages site (Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre). Saulteaux dialect from Saskatchewan. They pronounce s/z instead of sh/zh there.

Texts and books in Ojibwe

University of Wisconsin American Indian Studies - In their Resources section there is Baraga's A Grammar of the Otchipwe Language, Life of Baraga (in Ojibwe language), and lots of Christian prayers in Ojibwe. All documents in pdf format.

Ojibwa Texts - Ojibwa Texts collected by William Jones (1919; 783 pages). From The Rosetta Project site. Ojibwe texts with English translations.

Anishinaabemowin - two stories with audio (from Manitoba).

Anishinaabe-Bimaadiziwin - An article from Mazina'igan, A Cronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe. With English translation.

Seasons of the Ojibwe - two articles in pdf format; the first one contains "What They Did Long Ago" text in Ojibwe with English translation.

Stories in Ojibwe - seven stories for kids in Ojibwe language from Red Lake Net News.

http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Campus/9941/an_ojibwe_play.htm - a short play in Ojibwe written by language students. No English translation.

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