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Ojibway Language


In Canada and United States, Ojibway is a language in great decline. Most Ojibway People who speak a dialect of Ojibway, live in Canada. In United States, less than 800 Ojibway People speak Ojibway as their first language and many of them learned to speak Ojibway well after they learned how to speak English. Revitaliztion is going on yet if this Language is going to survive it is going to have to adapt to changes. It has to become more like English if young Ojibway People are going to speak Ojibway daily.



Ojibway Language Audio Files Are Below


Peter Jones

Jones was a 19th century Ojibway author who knew a great deal more than Ojibway People of this time. According to Jones, who was a Mississauga Ojibwa, Ojibway People were actually many isolated groups of Ojibway who kept confined to their districts. Very much like nations of this modern world in which within each nation are States and Counties. Within each district of Ojibway Territory, their way of speaking Ojibway differed. Further one was from another, greater it was for them to understand each other. When they gathered for national purposes they at first had difficulties understanding each other but after a couple of days they fully well understood each other. It took time because of accents and shortened words. Similar to Italian and Spanish. Of course, Spanish is a dialect of Italian.



Jones listed these following groups of Ojibway's who spoke Ojibway: Abenaki including Penobscot; Cree includig Innu and Montagnais; Delaware including Munsee; Kickapoo; Menominee; Miami; Muskego; Ottawa; Potawatomi; Sac or Sauk; Shawnee; and Stockbridge who are better known as Mahican or as Jones spelled their name Mohegan. Though Jones included Fox People, there is too much historical evidence which indicates they were not Algonquin. They often fought Ojibway's and were not considered Ojibway by Ojibway People. And other Ojibway's were not included by Jones but must be included. They include: Algonquin; Amikwa who are really Nez Perce from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; Nakawe; Nipissing; Noquet; Saulteau or Saulteux; and even Soo which is a name they received from French invaders at Sault Ste. Marie; and Yuchi who we know spoke Shawnee. Soo (it does sound exactly like Sioux) is short for Sault. Yuchi People lived well south of Ojibway's in what is now South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They brought wild rice to those locations, especially Florida where it grew abundantly. Today, Yuchi People live in Florida and Oklahoma.



Category of Ojibway Words

There are several categories of Ojibway words. However, we will focus on only three. They are words that represent objects made by humans. Objects like baskets, cups, dishes and lakes. Za-ga-i-gan is not an Ojibway correct word for lake. Zagaigan means artificial lake or as whites name them, Reservoirs. Ojibway People frequently diverted waterways to create Reservoirs in order to grow wild rice, especially in Florida where wild rice grew abundantly. Correct Ojibway word for lake is gami. Large lake is ga-mi-chi and small lake ga-miiz. Oceans and seas, it's git-chi ga-mi which means great lake. Ojibway words pertaining to human made objects, almost always end with the letter "n" and quite frequently end with "i-gan." Most frequent words in Ojibway deal with ordinary words like allow, approve, include, let and so on. They almost always end with "win." Nature words including animals, is the third most prevalent category of Ojibway words. Pay careful attention to those Ojibway words to memorize Ojibway words which indicate objects made by humans and regular Ojibway words. Ojibway animal words which end with "gan" or something similar to "gan," represent animals domesticated by humans which means they are categorized as made by humans. An example is "ma-i-gan." That should tell you it means dog and not wolf. So "ma-ig" may actually be correct word for wolf in Ojibway. Another example is "aa-wes-si" which means animal in Ojibway. It's obviously correct. If it was "aa-wes-si-gan" it would not be correct. Of course, "aa-wes-si-gan" means domesticated animal in Ojibway. You'll quickly realize how whites have corrupted this language. After long research, i now understand how they corrupted this language. Old Ojibway dictionaries provided evidence or clues, to help in our cause to preserve this language. On each right of Ojibway words, i included where those words came from. Then followed procedure and created a plural, past tense and present tense from those words.



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a, ah & an: (bezhig or just "be")

be

abandon: (from abandoning or anawendjigewin? - verb)

an-na-wen (regular word)
an-na-wen-jig (plural)
an-na-wen-ji-go (past tense)
an-na-wen-ji-go-win (present tense)

abduct; embezzle; kidnap; rob; steal; thief: (from stealing or gimodiwin - proper is steal - noun & verb)

grii (regular word)
grii-mod (plural)
grii-mo-di (past tense)
grii-mo-di-win (present tense)
griid (thief)
grii-din (plural)

abhor; abomination; despicable; despise; detest; disgust; dislike; hate; revolt: (from hatred or shingendamowin - proper is dislike - noun & verb)

shin-gen (regular word)
shin-gen-dam (plural)
shin-gen-da-mo (past tense)
shin-gen-da-mo-win (present tense)
shin-gen-da-gos (dislikable)

abide; accept; admit; affirm; agree; allow; approve; authorize; consent; grant; obey; permit; ratify; tolerate: (from permit or naendamowin? - proper is permit - verb)

nay-yen (regular word)
nay-yen-dam (plural)
nay-yen-da-mo (past tense)
nay-yen-da-mo-win (present tense)
nay-yen-da-gos (permitable)
nay-yench (agreeably)
nay-yent (agreer, authorizer, receiver, taker)
nay-yen-tin (plural)

able: (dagos)

da-gos

ability: (wawingessiwin)

wa-win-ges-si-win

abode; dwelling; habitation; home; residence: (from habitation or abiwigan - proper is dwell)

ab
ab-bi
ab-bi-wi
ab-bi-wi-gan
abt (inhabitant & resident)
ab-tin (plural)
ab deb-ben-dant (home owner)
ab deb-ben-dan-tin (plural)

abolish; annihilate; damage; defeat; deficate; demolish; destroy, dispose; eliminate; excrement; ruin; sacrifice; scourge: (from damaging or banadjitassowin - proper is eliminate)

bwa-na-ji
bwa-na-ji-tas
bwa-na-ji-ta-so
bwa-na-ji-ta-so-wi (abolishing, annihilating, ect.)
bwa-na-ji-ta-so-win (abolishment, annihilation, destruction, elimination, excrement)
bwa-na-ji-da-gos (abolishable, defeatable, disposable, ect.)
bwa-na-jid (annihilator; cannibal; destroyer, eliminator, ect.)

about: (gega)

geg-ga

above: (ishpiming)

ish-pi-ming

abscond; hide: (from hide or kasodiwin?)

kas
ka-sod
ka-so-di
ka-so-di-win

absent: (awass)

aa-wass

absolutely: (as in most, prefect, pure, ect. - apitchi)

a-pit-chi

abstain; ban; bar; exclude; forbid; prohibit; refuse: (from forbiddance or ginaamagewin - proper is forbid)

gwi-na
gwi-na-maag
gwi-na-maa-go
gwi-na-maa-go-win
gwi-nad (person banned, barred, forbidden, ect.)

absurd; dumb; ridiculous; stupid: (from absurdity or gagibadisiwin - proper is stupid)

ga-ga-va-dis
ga-ga-va-dis-esh (stupider)
ga-ga-va-dis-eshk (stupidest)

abundant; ample, plentiful: (from abundance or debisiwin - proper is abundant)

de-bi-si
de-bi-sitch (abundantly)

abuse; affront; insult; mock; offend: (from insulting or bissitagosiwin - proper is offend)

bis-si-ta
bis-si-ta-gos
bis-si-ta-go-si
bis-si-ta-go-si-win
bis-si-tat (abuser, insulter, mocker and offender)

accompany: (from accompaniment or widjiiwewin)

wid-ji
wid-ji-i
wid-ji-i-we
wid-ji-i-we-win

accomplish; achieve; attain; earn; gain: (from gaining or gashkitchigewin - proper is achieve)

gaas-ski
gaas-ski-chig
gaas-ski-chi-go
gaas-ski-chi-go-win
gaas-skit (achiever, gainer, ect.)

accroach; encroach: (from accroaching or adjigwadjigewin)

ad-jig-wad
ad-jig-wad-jig
ad-jig-wad-ji-go
ad-jig-wad-ji-go-win

accumulate; collect; gather; get: (from get from as in getting bread at the store or ondinigewin - proper is collect)

on-di
on-di-nig
on-di-ni-go
on-di-ni-go-win
on-di-da-gos (collectable)
on-did (collector)

accuse: (from accusing or batangewin)

baa
baa-tan
baa-tan-go
baa-tan-go-win
baad (accuser)

accustom; familiar; habituate; inure: (from inurement or nagadisiwin)

na-ga
na-ga-dis
na-ga-di-si
na-ga-di-si-win

ache; pain: (from ache or dewi)

de-wi
de-win

acne; pimple: (from acne or miniins)

mi-niis
mi-niin

acorn: (from acorn or mitigomin)

mi-ti-go-min
mi-ti-go-min'in

acquire; get; obtain; procure; receive; secure: (from procure or ondinamagewin? - proper is acquire)

on-di-na
on-di-na-maag
on-di-na-maa-go
on-di-na-maa-go-win
on-di-nad (acquirer)

acre: (from acre or dibaigaans)

di-ba-i-gaas
di-ba-i-gaa-sin

across: (from across or agaami)

aa-gaa-mi

act; action; behave; conduct; express; play; pout; pretend: (from play or odamino - proper is act)

oh
oh-dram
oh-dra-mi
oh-dra-mi-no
oht (actor, imposter, pretender,ect.)
oh-tin (actors, imposters, pretenders,ect.)
oh-mic (theater)
oh-min (theaters)

active: (from active or nita anoki)

ni-ta a-no-ki
ni-ta a-no-kij (actively)

actually: (from actually or noongoom)

noon-goom

add; census, combine; consolidate; count; fill; load: (from Cree word for census or akimiwewin - in Ojibway it's aginjigadewin)

aa-kri
aa-kri-mi
aa-kri-mi-we
aa-kri-mi-we-win
aa-krid (counter or person who counts including census and census taker)
aa-krid'in (plural)
aa-krid-sa (computer)
aa-krid-san (plural)
aa-krid-sat (computer maker)
aa-krid-sat'in (plural)
aa-krid-sa-mic (computer store or computer company)
aa-krid-sa-min (plural)
aa-krid-des (calculator or small computer)
aa-krid-des-sin (plural)

address; oration; speech: (from speech or animitagosiwin - proper is speech)

a-ni-mi-ta
a-ni-mi-ta-gos
a-ni-mi-ta-go-si
a-ni-mi-ta-go-si-win
a-ni-mi-tad (addresser; orator, speaker)

adhere; attach; cleave; cling; compress; glue; paste; seal; stick: (from glue or bazagwaigan - proper is glue)

bas-sa
bas-sa-gwa
bas-sa-gwa-i
bas-sa-gwa-i-gan
bas-sat (attacher, gluer & sealer)
bas-sa-tin (plural)
bas-sa-sa (electric attacher, compressor, gluer & sealer)
bas-sa-san (plural)
bas-sa-sa-mic (glue factory)
bas-sa-sa-min (plural)

administration; govern; government; stewardship: (from stewardship or mishinawewiwin - noun & verb)

mi-shi-na-we-gan
mi-shi-na-we-ga-nin (plural)
mi-shin (govern)
mi-shi-na
mi-shi-na-we
mi-shi-na-we-win
mi-shi-nad (administrator, governor & steward)
mi-shi-nad'in (plural)
mi-shi-na-mic (govern building)
mi-shi-na-min (plural)

admire: (from admiring or mamakadendamowin)

ma-ma-ga-den
ma-ma-ga-den-dam
ma-ma-ga-den-da-mo
ma-ma-ga-den-da-mo-win
ma-ma-ga-den-da-gos (admirable)
ma-ma-ga-den-da-go-sij (admirably)
ma-ma-ga-dend (admirer)
ma-ma-ga-den-din (plural)

admit; confess; declare: (from confessing or webinigewin - proper is confess)

web-bin
web-bin-nig
web-bin-ni-go
web-bin-ni-go-win
web-bint (confessor)
web-bin-tin (plural)

adopt; borrow: (from borrowing or atawangewin)

at-tra
at-tra-wan
at-tra-wan-go
at-tra-wan-go-win
at-tra-mic (adopt agency)
at-tra-min (plural)
at-trat (adopter)
at-tra-tin (plural)
at-tras (adoptee)
at-tra-sin (plural)

adore; affection; amiable; amicable; friend; friendly; kind; like; love: (from love or sagiiwewin - proper is love)

sa
sa-gi
sa-gi-we
sa-gi-we-win
sa-da-gos (friend, kind; like & lovable)
sat (lover)
sat'in (lovers)

adorn, decorate; embellish: (from ornament or sasegatchigan - proper is decorate)

sas-se
sas-se-gat
sas-se-gat-chi
sas-se-gat-chig
sas-se-gat-chi-gan (adornment, decoration, embellishment & ornament)
sas-set (decorator)
sas-set'in (decorator)
sas-set-mic (decorator company)
sas-set-min (plural)

adult: (from adult or nitawig)

ni-ta-wic
ni-ta-win (adults)
way-yet (adulterer or cheater)
way-yet'in (adulterers or cheaters)
way-yed-jin-go-win (adultery or cheating)

advance; ahead; future: (from advance or niganiwin?)

nic
nic-can
nic-ca-ni
nic-ca-ni-win

affair: (from cheat or wayye)

way-ye
way-yen

afar off: (from afar off or wasa)

was-sa

affect; control; dominate; effect; influence: (from domination or dibendjigewin - proper is influence)

dib-ben
dib-ben-jig
dib-ben-ji-go
dib-ben-ji-go-win (influencing)
dib-bent (controller, dominator, influencer)
dib-ben-tin (plural)



affirm; see abide:



afflict: (from afflict or gissadendamowin - verb)

gis-sa-den
gis-sa-den-dam
gis-sa-den-da-mo
gis-sa-den-da-mo-win
gis-sa-dend (afflicter)
gis-sa-den-din (plural)

affluent; rich; wealth: (from riches or daniwin - proper is rich - adjective)

daan-ni
daan-ni-win
daan-ni-esh
daan-ni-eshk
daant (affluent and wealthy)

afford: (from affording or debissewin - verb)

dey
dey-bis
dey-bi-se
dey-bi-se-win
dey-da-gos (affordable)

afraid: (from afraid or agoski - adjective)

aa-gos-ki

after: (from after or ishgwa - adverb)

ish-gwa

afternoon: (from afternoon or ish-gwanawagwa - noun)

ish-gwa-na-wa-gwa
ish-gwa-na-wa-gwan

afterward; subsequent: (from afterward or panima - proper is subsequent - adverb)

pa-ni-ma
pa-ni-maj

again: (from again or andj - adverb)

anch

age: (from old age or kitisiwin - noun & verb)

kwi
kwi-tis
kwi-ti-si
kwi-ti-si-win
kwi-da-gos (ageable)
kwid (ager)

agitate; aggress; provoke: (from aggression or majitawin - proper is aggress - verb)

maa
maa-jit
maa-ji-ta
maa-ji-ta-win
maad (agitator, aggressor and provoker)



agree; see abide:



agriculture: (from agriculture or kitigewin - noun)

ki-ti-go-i-gan



ahead; see advance:



aid; assist; care; help; support: (from support or bamiidiwin - noun & verb)

va-mi
va-mi-i
va-mi-i-di
va-mi-i-di-win
va-mid (an aid, assistant, helper and supporter)
va-min (plural)
va-mic (an assistant company)
va-min (plural)

aim: (from aim or jigweiabandjigewin - noun & verb)

zhig-wey-ya-ban
zhig-wey-ya-ban-jig
zhig-wey-ya-ban-ji-go
zhig-wey-ya-ban-ji-go-win
zhig-wey-ya-bant (aimer)
zhig-wey-ya-ban-tin (plural)

aim; case; cause; goal; intend; objective; purpose; set; target: (from intention or inendamowin)

i-nen
i-nen-dam
i-nen-da-mo
i-nen-da-mo-win

air; sky: (from day & sky or gi-zik)

gi-zik
gi-zin (plural)

air condition: (from air and shape or ijinagosiwin)

gi-zik id-ji-na
gi-zik id-ji-na-gos
gi-zik id-ji-na-go-si
gi-zik id-ji-na-go-si-win
gi-zik id-ji-na-sa (air conditioner)
gi-zik id-ji-na-san (plural)
gi-zik id-ji-na-sa-mic (air conditioner company or factory)
gi-zik id-ji-na-sa-min (plural)
gi-zik id-ji-na-sad (air conditioner maker)
gi-zik id-ji-na-san (plural)

airlift: (from air and lifting or ombinigewin)

gi-zik om-bi
gi-zik om-bi-nig
gi-zik om-bi-ni-go
gi-zik om-bi-ni-go-win
gi-zik om-bid (airlifter - both a person & plane)
gi-zik om-bid'in (plural)

airplane: (from air and ship or nabikwan)

gi-zik na
gi-zik nan
gi-zik nad (airplane maker)
gi-zik nad'in (plural)
gi-zik na-mic (airline company and factory)
gi-zik na-min

airport: (from air and port or ogomowin)

gi-zi-go
gi-zi-gon

airstrip & runway: (from airplane and road or mikana)

gi-zik na mi-ka-na
gi-zik na mi-ka-nan

alabaster: (from alabaster or wabassin)

wa-bas-sin

alarm; fright; scare: (from alarm or amanissowin - proper is alarm)

am-ma
am-ma-nis
am-ma-nis-so
am-ma-nis-so-win
am-ma-da-gos (alarmable)
am-ma-sa (electric alarm)
am-ma-san (plural)
am-ma-sat (electric alarm maker)
am-ma-sat'in (plural)
am-ma-sa-mic (electric alarm company or factory)
am-ma-sa-min (plural)

alike; certain; correct; equal; even; exact; identical; just; justify; level; likewise; perfect; precise; precision; right; same; straight; sure; truth: (from truth or debwewin)

de-bwe-win
de-bwe-winch

alive: (from i am alive or bimadis)

bi-ma-dis

all: (from all or gakina)

ga-ki-na

all kinds: (from all kinds or anotch)

aa-naaj

allegory; bogus; fable; fiction; parable; phony; tale: (from fable or adisokan)

ad
ad-dis
ad-di-so
ad-di-so-gan
at (fiction teller & writer)
at-tin (plural)

alliance; association; company; council: (from alliance or widokodadiwin - noun & verb)

do-ko-dan (alliance - noun)
do-ko-dan'in (plural)
do-ko (alliance - verb)
do-ko-da
do-ko-da-di
do-ko-da-di-win

almost: (from almost or gega - adverb & noun)

geg-ga

alone; single: (from alone or nizhike - adjective)

ni-zhi-ke

already: (from already or azhi - already)

aa-zhi

also: (from also or gaye - adverb)

ga-ye

alter, change; transform: (from change or anjiwendamowin - proper is change - verb)

an-ji-wen
an-ji-wen-dam
an-ji-wen-da-mo
an-ji-wen-da-mo-win
an-ji-wen-da-gos

altercation; argue; contend; contest; debate; disagree; oppose: (from Cree word for disagree or nayattawisiw? proper is disagree - verb)

nay-ya-ta
nay-ya-ta-wis
nay-ya-ta-wi-si
nay-ya-ta-wi-si-win
nay-ya-ta-da-gos (disagreeable)
nay-ya-tad (arguer, contender, debater, disagreer and opposer)
nay-ya-tad'in (plural)

alternate: (from other or nabanewin? - adjective, noun & verb)

nap
na-pan
na-pa-ne
na-pa-ne-win
naptch (alternately)

although: (from although or ano - conjunction)

aa-no

always: (from always or apine - adverb)

ap-pi-ne

ambition: (from ambition or askwanisiwin - noun & verb)

as-gwaa (ambition)
as-gwaa-nis (ambitions)
as-gwaa-ni-si (ambitioned)
as-gwaa-ni-si-win (ambitioning and ambitious)
as-gwaa-ni-si-wint (ambitious person)
as-gwaa-ni-si-win-tin (plural)

amidst; among: (from amidst or megwe - preposition)

meg-we



amiable; amicable; friend; friendly; kind; see adore or likable:



ammunition: (from ammunition or pashkisigan)

ki-shi-gan
ki-shi-gan'in
ki-shi-gant (ammunition maker)
ki-shi-gan-tin (plural)
ki-shi-gan-mic (ammunition making company including supplier or ammunition store)
ki-shi-gan-min (plural)



among; see amidst:



ancestor: (from ancestor or kitisim)

ki-ti-sim
ki-ti-sim'in

anchor: (from anchor or bonakadjigan)

bon-na
bon-na-kad
bon-na-kad-ji
bon-na-kad-ji-gan
bon-nad (anchor maker)
bon-nad'in (plural)
bon-na-mic (anchor making company)
bon-na-min (plural)

ancient: (from ancient or gata)

ga-ta
ga-tan

and: (from and or dash)

dash

anger; enrage; infuriate; irritate; provoke; tease; tempt: (from anger or bitchinawesiwin - proper is provoke - verb)

bit-chi-na
bit-chi-na-wes
bit-chi-na-we-si
bit-chi-na-we-si-win
bit-chi-nad (provoker & troublemaker)
bit-chi-nad'in (plural)

angry; hostile; mean: (from mean or matchi - proper is hostile - adjective)

mat-chi
mat-chi-esh
mat-chi-eshk
mat-chid (hostile person or hostile)
mat-chid'in (plural)

announce; broadcast; inform; information: (from announcing or windamagewin - proper is inform - verb)

win-da
win-da-maag
win-da-maa-go
win-da-maa-go-win
win-da-da-gos
win-dat (announcer, broadcaster and informer)
win-dat'in
win-da-mic
win-da-min



annoy; see anger:



another: (from another or bekan)

ve-gan

answer; reply; response: (from answer or nakwetamowin - noun & verb)

na-gwe
na-gwe-tam
na-gwe-ta-mo
na-gwe-ta-mo-win
na-gwe-da-gos (answerable, accountable and responsible)
na-gwet (person who answers or an operator)
na-gwet'in (plural)
na-gwe-sa (answering machine)
na-gwe-san (plural)
na-gwe-sat (answering machine maker)
na-gwe-sat'in (plural)
na-gwe-sa-mic (answering machine company or factory)
na-gwe-sa-min

ant: (from ant or enigo)

e-ni-go
e-ni-gon
e-ni-go-chi (big ant)
e-ni-goos (little ant)

anticipate; expect: (from anticipation or niganiwin - verb)

nii
nii-gan
nii-ga-ni
nii-ga-ni-win (anticipating and expecting or anticipation and expectation)

anxious: (from anxious or agoska)

aa-go-skaa
aa-go-skaaj

apart; separate: (from seperation of persons or webinidiwin - proper is seperate - adjective & verb)

we-bin
we-bin-nid
we-bin-ni-di
we-bin-ni-di-win
we-bin-da-gos
we-binch

appear; look (as in it looks so, so); resemble: (from appearance or nagosiwin - proper is appear - verb)

naag
naa-gos
naa-go-si
naa-go-si-win
naag-da-gos

appease; calm; cool; ease; pacify; settle; soothe: (from calm or anissendamowin - proper is calm - verb)

an-nis-sen
an-nis-sen-dam
an-nis-sen-da-mo
an-nis-sen-da-mo-win
an-nis-sen-da-gos
an-nis-sen-esh
an-nis-sen-eshk
an-nis-sench

apple:

mi-shi-min
mi-shi-min'in

apple-tree:

mi-shi-tig
mi-shi-tin (plural)

appoint; arrange: (from appointment or onakonigewin - verb)

on-na-go
on-na-go-nig
on-na-go-ni-go
on-na-go-ni-go-win
on-na-go-da-gos

appreciate; deserve; respect; value: (from respecting or dabandendamowin - proper is respect - verb)

da-ba-den
da-ba-den-dam
da-ba-den-da-mo
da-ba-den-da-mo-win
da-ba-den-da-gos

apprehend; arrest; seize: (from apprehension or segendamowin - verb)

sre-gen
sre-gen-dam
sre-gen-da-mo
sre-gen-da-mo-win
sre-gen-da-gos

approach: (from approaching or nasikagewin - verb)

nar-si
nar-si-ka
nar-si-ka-go
nar-si-ka-go-win
nar-si-da-gos

appropriate; reserve: (from reserve or ishkonigewin - verb & adjective)

ish-ko
ish-ko-nig
ish-ko-ni-go
ish-ko-ni-go-win
ish-ko-da-gos



approve; see abide:



apron: (from apron or a-taa-son)

aa-taa-son
aa-taa-son'in
aa-taa-sont (apron maker)

aa-taa-son-tin (plural)

area, location; place; region; spot; tract: (from region or akiis which means little earth - noun)

a-kiiz
a-kiin



argue; see altercation:



arm:

nic
nin
nic-chi (big arm)
ni-ciiz (little arm)

aroma; fragance; odor; scent; smell: (from smell or odor ijimagosiwin - proper is smell - verb)

id-ji-ma
id-ji-ma-gos
id-ji-ma-go-si
id-ji-ma-go-si-win

around: (as in walk around it from around or giwitaii - adverb)

gi-wi-tai-i

arouse; comfort; console; encourage; inspire; intice; motivate; stimulate; support; urge: (from encouraging or ashiidiwin - proper is encourage - verb)

aa-zhi
aa-zhi-i
aa-zhi-i-di
aa-zhi-i-di-win (encouragment, motivation and stimulation)
aa-zhi-da-gos

arrive; emerge: (from arrive or odishiwewin - verb)

o-di
o-di-shi
o-di-shi-we
o-di-shi-we-win
o-di-da-gos

arrow: (from arrow or mitigwan)

mi-tig-wan
mi-tig-wan'in
mi-tig-want (arrow maker)
mi-tig-wan-tin (plural)
mi-tig-wan-ni-chi (big arrow)
mi-tig-wan-niiz (little arrow)

artery:

misk-we-yaab-chi
misk-we-yaab-chin

as far as:

bin-ish

ashamed; embarrass: (from ashamed or mennissendamowin - proper is embarrass - verb)

men-nis-sen
men-nis-sen-dam
men-nis-sen-da-mo
men-nis-sen-da-mo-win (embarrassment)

ash; sand:

pin-gwi
pin-gwin

ash-tree:

aa-gi-maac
aa-gi-maan

aside:

we-bin

as it were:

in-di-go

ask; inquire; inspect; investigate; research: (from asking or nandotamowin - verb)

an-dro
an-dro-tam
an-dro-ta-mo
an-dro-ta-mo-win (asking, inspecting and investigating)
an-drot (inspector and investigator)
an-drot'in (plural)
an-drot-mic (inspector/investigator company)
an-drot-min (plural)

asleep:

ni-ba

as many:

ti-bish-ko min-ik

aspen-tree:

aa-sa-di
aa-sa-din

asperse; sprinkle: (from sprinkling or saswebigandjigewin - verb)

sa-swe
sa-swe-jig
sa-swe-ji-go
sa-swe-ji-go-win
sa-swed (sprinkler or person who sprinkles)
sa-swed'in (plural)
sa-sweb-bi-gan (sprinkler)
sa-sweb-bi-gan'in (plural)
sa-sweb-bi-gant (sprinkler maker)
sa-sweb-bi-gan-tin (plural)
sa-sweb-bi-gan-mic (sprinkler making company)
sa-sweb-bi-gan-min (plural)

assault; attack; battle; beat; fight; fighter; hit: (from fighting or migasowin - verb)

mic
mic-cas
mic-ca-so
mic-ca-so-win
mict (assaulter and fighter)
mic-tin (plural)

assemble; confluence; gather; join; junction; meet; merge: (from meeting or ma-wan-ji-di-win - verb)

maa-wan
maa-wan-jid
maa-wan-ji-di
maa-wan-ji-di-win
maa-wan'in (confluence and junction)

asterisk: (from Cree word for star or atchaag)

at-cha-gaas
at-cha-gaan

astronomer: (from Cree word for star atchaag)

at-cha-gaat
at-cha-gaa-tin

at:

chi

at first:

way-yesh-kat

at last:

ish-kraatch

at once:

ses-si-ka

atheist; gentile; pagan: (from pagan or enamiassig)

e-na-mi-as-sig
e-na-mi-as-sin

attendant; escort; guide:

osh-ka-be-wis
osh-ka-be-win

attenton:

om-be

at that time: (from Cree words ekaaspi)

e-kas-pi

attract; detour; distract; divert; entice; lure; seduce; tempt: (from temptation or shobiigewin - verb)

sho-bi
sho-bi-i
sho-bi-i-go
sho-bi-i-go-win

aunt:

sri-gos
sri-gon

authority; power: (from authority or gashkiewisiwin - noun)

gaas-ski-e
gaas-ski-e-wi
gaas-ski-e-wi-si
gaas-ski-e-wi-si-gan (authorizing and authorization)

avoid, fly: (from flying or bimissewin - verb)

vii
vii-mis
vii-mi-se
vii-mi-se-win
vii-da-gos

away; gone: (from away or awass - adjective)

a-wass

await; lurk; wait: (from lurking or akamawewin - proper is wait - verb)

aa-ka
aa-ka-ma
aa-ka-ma-we
aa-ka-ma-we-win
aa-kad (lurker and waiter)
aa-ka-din (plural)

awake, aware: (from awake or amadjissewin - verb)

aa-maad
aa-maad-jis
aa-maad-ji-se
aa-maad-ji-se-win

award; prize: (from prize or atchigewin - proper is award - noun)

at
at-chig
at-chi-go
at-chi-go-gan
at-ta-gos (awardable)

axe; hatchet: (noun)

wa-ga-kwaan
wa-ga-kwaa-nin (plural)
wa-ga-kwaa-ni-chi (big axe)
wa-ga-kwaa-niiz (little axe)





Origins of the names Ojibwa and Ojibway

Most historians theorize it is derived from words relating to their moccasins. However, within Ojibwa Language they have a word for before. That word is chi-bwa or ji-bwa. Originally, they were named Chi-bwa or Ji-bwa. Later, an "O" was added to Chi-bwa. Pronounce Chi-bwa and you'll quickly understand where the names Ojibwa and Chippewa originated. Exactly what "o" stands for is a mystery. And the same can be said for "y" ending sound. Both letters represented something we don't know of at this time. So Chi-bwa is their correct name. Correct translation is "The First and The Originals." Later, whites insulted Ojibwa's by naming them "Aboriginal." However, they are also known as Ojibway. It's not the same as Ojibwa. In Ojibwa, the word for "truth" is de-bwe-win. They kept "O-ji" yet changed "bwa" to "bwe." Correct translation of Ojibway is "People of Honor and Honorable People." Later, whites insulted Ojibways by naming them "Honest Injun."



Chipewyan People are actually Ojibwa. That is obvious. Chipewyan is pronounced as Chip-ah-wan. For all we know, whites corrupted the Ojibwa name just because of the Chipewyan. Chipewyan territory extends from Nunavut to eastern Alaska. Included as being Chipewyan are the Dogrib, Gwich'in including the Kut-chin and Tutchone, Hare, and Slavey. I read an article from the August 23, 1896 Wichita Daily Eagle about capturing wild swans. It mentioned a letter written by E.W. Nelson of Tucson, Arizona. Nelson wrote about his explorations in Alaska and about arrows he found in wild swans in Alaska. Nelson wrote that the arrows were made by the Tutchone-Kutchin Tribe of the Chippeway Indians of the Fort Yukon region. In fact, he wrote the wild swans he found the arrows in were from just south of the Beaufort Sea.


As mentioned, the Ojibwa Language is not going to survive unless it adapts to the presence of the English Language. It has to become more like English if young Ojibwa People are going to actually speak Ojibwa on a daily basis. If the Ojibwa Language does not adapt, it will disappear. So the Ojibwa Language presented here has changes which are similar to English. Unfortunately, the whites corrupted the Chippewa Language. They did so to make it undesirable to future Ojibwa People. These pages have audio for the words presented. You will notice the differences, especially if you are a first language speaker.



2017 Samuel Poe


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