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Ojibway Language Audio Dictionary


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 but 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 Muncey; Kickapoo; Menominee; Miami; Muskeegoo; 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.



Amik is an Ojibway word meaning Beaver. They are also known as Nez Perce. They lived north of Lake Huron, south of Lake Nipissing, and east of Lake Superior. When 17th century invading whites and their Indian allies launched their military campaigns against Ojibway's who lived in Amikwa Territory, they drove them to north of Lake Superior. Many followed prophecy and continued their migration west into Manitoba then down into North Dakota and Montana. Many continued their migration to Idaho then to Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Another group of Amik Ojibwa's migrated north and northwest, to where they are known by historians as Beavers or Beaver Tribe. They live in Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories.



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baby: (from baby or papoos)

pa-poos
pa-poon

bachelor: (from bachelor or wadigessid)

wa-di-ges-sid
wa-di-ges-sin

back: (for both a human back and to back someone or something from back or opikwanama)

o-pic
o-pic-wan
o-pic-wa-nam
o-pic-wa-na-ma

backbasket; backpack, luggage; pack; suitcase: (from backbasket or awadjiwanagan)

aa-waad-ji
aa-waad-ji-wan
aa-waad-ji-wa-na
aa-waad-ji-wa-na-gan

backbone: (from backbone or nawawigan)

naa-aa-wi-gan
naa-aa-wi-ga-nin
naa-aa-wig-ga-ni-chi (big backbone)
naa-aa-wig-ga-niiz (little backbone)

backslide; slide; slip: (from backsliding or azhessewin)

aach
aa-ches
aa-ches-se
aa-ches-se-win
aacht (backslider)

backward: (from backward or azhata)

aa-cha-taa
aa-cha-taan

bad; evil: (from bad or maji)

ma-ji
ma-ji-esh
ma-ji-eshk
ma-jitch (badly)

badger:

mis-sa-ka-krid-chish
mis-sa-ka-krid-chin
mis-sa-ka-krid-chi-chi (big badger)
mis-sa-ka-krid-chish-shes (little badger)

baffle; burden, complex; complicate; confuse; difficult; hard; perplex; tough: (from difficulty of temperament or sanagisiwin)

sra-na
sra-na-gis
sra-na-gi-si
sra-na-gi-si-win

bag: (from bag or pindagan)

pin
pin-daa
pin-daag
pin-daa-gaan
pin-daa-gaan-mic (bag making company)
pin-daa-gaan-min (plural)
pi-ni-chi (big bag)
pi-niiz (little bag)
pint (bag maker)
pin-tin (plural)

bait: (from bait or midjimigan)

mid
mid-jim
mid-ji-mi
mid-ji-mi-gan
mit (bait or lure maker)
mit'in (bait or lure maker)
mit-mic (bait or lure making company or store)
mit-min (plural)

bake; cook: (from cooking or tchibakwewin)

chii
chii-va
chii-va-kwe
chii-va-kwe-win
chiid (baker and a cook)
chii-din (plural)
chii-mic (bakery)
chii-min (plural)

balance; scale: (from scale or tibabadjigan)

ti-va
ti-va-bad
ti-va-bad-jig
ti-va-bad-ji-gan
ti-vad (scale maker)
ti-va-din (plural)
ti-va-mic (scale making company)
ti-va-min (plural)

bald: (from baldness or papashkwakondibewin)

paa-shkwaa-gon
paa-shkwaa-gon-di
paa-shkwaa-gon-di-be
paa-shkwaa-gon-di-be-wi
paa-shkwaa-gon-di-be-win

ball: (from ball of thread or pikodjan)

pi-kod-jan
pi-kod-jan'in


balsam: (from balsam or nominigan)

nom
nom-min
nom-min-ni
nom-min-ni-gan

banana: (from banana or eshkanimin)

esh-gan-ni-min
esh-gan-ni-min'in
esh-gan-ni-mint (banana farmer)
esh-gan-ni-min-tin (plural)
esh-gan-ni-mi-tig (banana tree)
esh-gan-ni-mi-tin

banner; flag: (from banner or kikiweon)

kig
kig-gi
kig-gi-we
kig-gi-we-on
kigd (banner or flag maker)
kig-din (plural)
kig-mic (banner or flag making company)
kig-min (plural)

bandage: (from bandage of a wound or ziinzoobizon)

siin
siin-soo
siin-soo-bi
siin-soo-bi-zon
siint (bandage maker)
siin-tin (plural)
siin-mic (bandage making company)
siin-min (plural)
siins (bandaid)
siins-sin (plural)

bank: (from money or zhonia)

sho-ni-a-mic
sho-ni-a-min
sho-ni-a-mict (bank teller)
sho-ni-a-mic-tin (plural)
sho (bank at a financial business)
sho-ni (banks at a financial business)
sho-ni-a (banked at a financial business)
sho-ni-a-mic (banking at a financial business)

bannock: (from bannock or ombizigan)

om-bi-zi-gan
om-bi-zi-gan'in
om-bi-zi-gant (bannock maker)
om-bi-zi-gan-tin (plural)
om-bi-zi-gan-mic (bannock bakery)
om-bi-zi-gan-min (plural)

bar; saloon; tavern: (from tavern or siginigewigamig)

sri-gi
sri-gi-ni
sri-gi-ni-go
sri-gi-ni-go-mic
sri-gid (bar tender)
sri-gid-din (plural)

bar; rail: (from bar of a canoe or pindassa)

prin
prin-das
prin-das-sa
prin-das-sa-gan
print (bar maker)
prin-tin (plural)
prin-mic (bar making company)
prin-min (plural)

barber: (from barbers trade or occupation or gashkibasowin)

ga-skid
ga-skid-vas
ga-skid-va-so
ga-skid-va-so-win
ga-skid-mic (barber shop)
ga-skid-min (plural)


bare; expose; reveal; show: (from showing or wabandaiwewin)

wa-ban
wa-ban-da
wa-ban-da-we
wa-ban-da-we-win

barely; hardly; scarcely: (from barely or aanawis)

aa-na-wis

barge: (from barge or mitigo tchiman)

chi-man-tig
chi-man-tin

bark: (from bark from tree or wigwass)

wig
wig-was
wig-was-si
wig-was-si-gan

bark canoe: (from bark canoe or wigwass tchiman)

wig chi-man
wig chi-man'in
wig chi-mant (bark canoe maker)
wig chi-man-tin (plural)

barley: (from barley or manomin wesowawang)

we-so-no-min
we-so-no-min'in

barn: (from barn or awakaanigamig)

aa-waa
aa-waa-gaan
aa-waa-gaa-ni
aa-waa-gaa-ni-mic

barrel; box: (from Cree word box or Maskigan)

maas
maas-ski
maas-skig
maas-ski-gan
maast (barrel and box maker)
maas-tin (plural)
maas-mic (barrel or box making company)
maas-min (plural)

barter; exchange; trade: (from trading or atawewin)

o
o-ta
o-ta-we
o-ta-we-win
ot (barterer and trader)
ot-tin (plural)
o-mic (barter, business, exchange and trade company or store)
o-min (plural)

bashful: (from bashfulness or agatchishkiwin)

aa-gat-chi-da-gos
aa-gat-chi-da-gotch (bashfully)
a-gat-chish-ki-win (bashfulness)

basil: (from basil or bazinid)

ba-zi-ni
ba-zi-nin
ba-zi-nid (basil farmer)
ba-zi-nid'in (plural)
ba-zi-ni-mic (basil processing company)
ba-zi-ni-min (plural)

basin: (from basin of water or waianag)

way-ya-nag
way-ya-nan

basket: (from basket or agokobinagan)

o-go-ko
o-go-ko-bin
o-go-ko-bi-na
o-go-ko-bi-na-gan
o-go-kot (basket maker)
o-go-kot'in (plural)
o-go-ko-mic (basket making company)
o-go-ko-min (plural)

bass: (from bass or ashigan)

aa-shi-ga

bass lake: (from bass and lake or ashigan and gami)

aa-shi-ga ga-mi
aa-shi-ga ga-min

bass river: (from bass and river or ashigan and sippi)

aa-shi-ga sip-pi
aa-shi-ga sip-pin

bathe; swim: (from bathing or pagisowin)

pra
pra-gis
pra-gi-so
pra-gi-so-win
prat (bather and swimmer)
pra-tin (plural)
pra-mic (public swim pool & spa)
pra-min (plural)

bathroom: (from bathe and room or abiwin)

pra-ab
pra-a-bi

bathtub:

pra-mi-gan
pra-mi-gan'in (plural)
pra-mi-gant (bathtub maker)
pra-mi-gant'in (plural)
pra-mi-gan-mic (bathub making company)
pra-mi-gan-min (plural)



battle; see assault:



battleship: (from battle and ship or mic nabikwan)

mic na-vig-wan
mic na-vig-wan'in
mic na-vig-want (battleship maker)
mic na-vig-wan-tin (plural)
mic na-vig-wa-mic (battleship making company)
mic na-vig-wa-min (plural)

bay: (from bay or wikwed)

wi-kwed
wi-kwed'in

be: (from be or aa-waan)

aa-waan

beach: (from beach or titibewewin)

ti-ti
ti-ti-be
ti-ti-be-we
ti-ti-be-we-win
ti-tid (beacher)
ti-tid'in (plural)

bead: (from bead or mazanigwaason)

ma-zar
ma-zar-ni
ma-zar-ni-gwa
ma-zar-ni-gwa-son
ma-zart (bead maker)
ma-zar-tin (plural)
ma-zar-mic (bead making company)
ma-zar-min (plural)

beak: (from beak or okoonzh)

o-koonzh
o-koon-zhan

beam: (from beam or waasakonenchigan - human made)

waa-sa-go
waa-sa-go-nen
waa-sa-go-nen-chi
waa-sa-go-nen-chi-gan
waa-sa-got (beamer or projector)
waa-sa-got'in (plural)

beam: (from beam or bimidaagan - wooden beam)

bim
bi-mi
bi-mi-daa
bi-mi-daa-gan
bimt (beam maker)
bim-tin (plural)
bim-mic (beam making company or supplier)
bim-min (plural)

bean: (from bean or anjiimin)

an-ji-min
an-ji-min'in
an-ji-min-nit-chi (big bean)
an-ji-min-nit-chin (plural)
an-ji-min-niiz (little bean)
an-ji-min-nii-zin (plural)
an-ji-mint (bean farmer)
an-ji-min-tin (plural)
an-ji-min-mic (bean processing plant)
an-ji-min-min (plural)

bear: (from bear or makwa)

mac-wa
mac-wan (plural
mac-chi (big bear)
mac-chin (plural)
mac-coos (little bear)
mac-coos-sin (plural)
mac-wa sip-piiz (bear creek)
mac-wa sip-pii-zin (plural)
mac-wa sip-pi (bear river)
mac-wa sip-pin (plural)
mac-wa ga-mi (bear lake)
mac-wa ga-min (plural)
mac-wa ni-vi-a-ki (bear island or bear water land)
mac-wa ni-vi-a-kin (plural)

beard: (from beard or mishidonagan)

mi-zhi
mi-zhi-do
mi-zhi-do-na
mi-zhi-do-na-gan
mi-zhi-chi (big beard)
mi-zhi-chin (plural)
mi-zhiiz (little beard or mustache)
mi-zhii-zin (plural)

beast: (from beast or awessi)

aa-wes-sit-chi (big animal)
aa-wes-sit-chin (plural)



beat; see assault:



beat; defeat; surpass; win:(as in to beat someone at something from surpass or pakinagewin - proper is win)

va-gi
va-gi-naag
va-gi-naa-go
va-gi-naa-go-win
va-gi-da-gos (beatable)
va-gid (winner)
va-gid'in (winner)

beautiful; pretty: (from beauty or gwanatchiwin)

gwa-natch
gwa-nat-ches (beatifuller)
gwa-nat-chesk (beautifullest)
gwa-nat-chi-win

beaver: (from beaver or amik)

a-mic
a-min
a-mic-chi (big beaver)
a-mic-coos (little beaver)
a-mic pa-wis-tic (beaver falls)
a-mic sip-piiz (beaver creek)
a-mic sip-pii-zin (beaver creek)
a-mic sip-pi (beaver river)
a-mic sip-pin (beaver lake)
a-mic ga-mi (beaver lake)
a-mic ga-min (plural)
a-mic ni-vi-a-ki (beaver island)

because: (from because or ondji, wendji and sa)

sa

become; happen: (from becoming or bagamiwin)

ba
ba-gam
ba-ga-mi
ba-ga-mi-win

bed: (from bed or nibagan)

ni-ba-gan
ni-ba-gan'in (plural)
ni-ba-gant (bed maker)
ni-ba-gan-tin (plural)
ni-ba-gan-mic (bed making company and supplier)
ni-ba-gan-min (plural)

bedframe; bedpost; bedstead: (from bedstead or nibaganatig)

ni-ba-ga-na-tig
ni-ba-ga-na-tin (plural)

bedroom: (from bedroom or nibagan ab)

ni-ba-gan ab
ni-ba-gan a-bin

bedsheet; sheet: (from bedsheet or nibaganigin - proper is sheet)

ni-ba
ni-ba-gan
ni-ba-ga-ni
ni-ba-ga-ni-gin
ni-bad (sheet maker)
ni-bad'in (plural)
ni-ba-mic (sheet making company)
ni-ba-min (sheet making company)

bee: (from bee or amo)

aa-mo
aa-mon (plural)
aa-mo-chi (big bee)
aa-moos (little bee)

beehive: (from bee hive or a-mo-wa-za-son)

aa-mo-wa-za-son
aa-mo-wa-za-son'in (plural)
aa-mo-wa-za-so-ni-chi (big bee hive)
aa-mo-wa-za-so-niiz (little bee hive)

beech nut: (from beech nut or azhawemin)

aa-zha-we-min
aa-zha-we-min'in
aa-zha-we-mint (beech nut farmer)
aa-zha-we-min-tin (plural)
aa-zha-we-min-mic (beech nut farm)
aa-zha-we-min-min (plural)

beech tree: (from beech tree or azhawemitig)

aa-zha-we-mi-tig
aa-zha-we-mi-tin
aa-zha-we-mi-tid (beech tree farmer)
aa-zha-we-mi-tid'in (plural)
aa-zha-we-mi-tig-mic (beech tree farm)
aa-zha-we-mi-tig-min (plural)

beef: (from buffalo and meat or bishiki wiias)

vi-shi-ki wii-as

beer: (from foam and water or bitewabo)

bi-te
bi-te-wa
bi-te-wa-bo
bi-te-wa-bo-gan
bi-tet (beer maker)
bi-tet'in (plural)
bi-te-mic (beer making plant)
bi-te-min (plural)

beet: (from beet or miskochiss)

mis-ko-chis
mis-ko-chin (plural)
mis-ko-chist (beet farmer)
mis-ko-chis-tin (plural)
mis-ko-chis-mic (beet processing plant)
mis-ko-chis-min (plural)

before: (from before or chi bwa)

chi-bwa

before all: (from before all as in before all of your or nakawe)

na-ka-we

beforehand: (from beforehand or gayite)

ga-yi-te



behave; see act



behind: (from behind or aa-zha)

aa-zha

believe: (from believing or debwetamowin)

de-bwe
de-bwe-tam
de-bwe-ta-mo
de-bwe-ta-mo-win
de-bwe-da-gos (believable)
de-bwet (believer)

bee: (from bee or amo)

aa-mo
aa-mon (plural)
aa-mo-chi (big bee)
aa-moos (little bee)

beehive: (from bee hive or a-mo-wa-za-son)

aa-mo-wa-za-son
aa-mo-wa-za-son'in (plural)
aa-mo-wa-za-so-ni-chi (big bee hive)
aa-mo-wa-za-so-niiz (little bee hive)

bell: (from bell or godotagan)

go
go-do
go-do-ta
go-do-ta-gan
got (bell maker)
got'in (plural)
go-mic (bell making company)
go-min (plural)

belly; stomach: (from stomach or missaad)

mis-saad
mis-saa-din (plural)

below; low: (from i am low or tabassadisiwin?)

ta-bas-sa
ta-bas-sa-dis
ta-bas-sa-di-si
ta-bas-sa-di-si-win
ta-bas-sa-esh
ta-bas-sa-eshk

belt; girdle: (from Cree word for belt or pakwattegaan - it is not kitchipisowin)

poc
poc-qwot
poc-qwot-te
poc-qwot-te-gaan
poct (belt maker)
poc-tin (plural)
poc-mic (belt making company)
poc-min (plural)
poc-ca-tig (belt buckle)
poc-ca-tin (plural)

bemoan; cry; weep: (from cry or masitagosiwin?)

ma-si-ta
ma-si-ta-gos
ma-si-ta-go-si
ma-si-ta-go-si-win
ma-si-tat (cryer)

bench; chair: (from bench or desa'on)

de
des
des-sa
des-sa-on
det (bench & chair maker)
det'in (plural)
det-mic (bench making company)
det-min (plural)

bend; fold: (from bend or biskitamowin?)

vis-ki
vis-ki-tam
vis-ki-ta-mo
vis-ki-ta-mo-win

belong: (from belongings or dibendaasowin)

driv-ven
driv-ven-daas
driv-ven-daa-so
driv-ven-daa-so-win

beneath; under: (from beneath or anaami)

a-naa-mi

benefit: (from benefit or zhawendjigewin)

zha-wen
zha-wen-ji
zha-wen-ji-go
zha-wen-ji-go-win
zha-went (benefiter & beneficiary)
zha-wen-tin (plural)

bet: (from Cree word for bet or attatoowin)

at
at-ta
at-ta-too
at-ta-too-win

betray; deceive: (from deceive or wayyazhingewin)

way-ya
way-ya-zhin
way-ya-zhin-go
way-ya-zhin-go-win
way-yat (deceiver)
way-yat'in (deceiver)

better: (from better or babenag)

ba-be-nag

between: (from Cree word for between or tastawicth)

tas-ta-wic

beyond: (from beyond or awass wedi)

a-was-swe-di

big; great: (from big or kitchi)

kit-chi
kit-chi-esh
kit-chi-eshk

bigamist: (from bigamist or nazhokwewid)

na-zho-kwe-wid

bill: (from bill or masinaigans)

ma-si
ma-si-na
ma-si-na-i
ma-si-na-i-gaas
ma-sit (biller)
ma-sit'in (plural)

bind; bound; curl; swathe; tie; twist; wrap: (from tie or takobinigewin?)

ta-go-bi
ta-go-bi-nig
ta-go-bi-ni-go
ta-go-bi-ni-go-win
ta-go-bid (envelope, tornado or twister, and wrapper)
ta-go-bid'in (plural)
ta-go-bid-sa (electric curler and wrapper)
ta-go-bid-san (plural)

birch bark; birch tree: (from birch bark or wigwass)

wig-was

birch bark box: (from birch bark box or wigwass maskigan)

wig-was ma-ski-gan

birch bark dish: (from birch bark dish or wigwass onagan)

wig-wa-so-na-gan

birch bark lodge: (from birch bark lodge or wigwass mic)

wig-wa-smic

bird: (from bird or binessi)

bi-nes-si
bi-nes-sin
bi-nes-si-chi (big bird)
bi-nes-siiz (little bird)

birth; bud; grow; sprout: (from birth or ondadisiwin)

on-dra
on-dra-dis
on-dra-di-si
on-dra-di-si-win

birthday: (from birth and day or ondra gizik)

on-dra gi-zik
on-dra gi-zin (plural)

biscuit; sea bread: (from biscuit or anakona)

an-na-kon-da
an-na-kon-dan
an-na-kon-dat (biscuit maker)
an-na-kon-dat'in (plural)
an-na-kon-da-mic (biscuit making company)
an-na-kon-da-min (plural)

bite: (from bite or takwangewin)

taag
taag-wan
taag-wan-go
taag-wan-go-win
taagd (biter)
taag-din (plural)

bitter: (from bitterness or wissagisiwin)

wis-sa
wis-sa-gis
wis-sa-gi-si
wis-sa-gi-si-win
wis-saj
wis-sat (bitter person)

Black: (from black or makate)

ma-ka-te
ma-ka-ten
ma-ka-te-esh
ma-ka-te-eshk

blame; criticize; condemn; fault; judge; reprehend: (from fault or batadowin)

bwa
bwa-ta
bwa-ta-do
bwa-ta-do-win
bwat (critic)
bwa-tin (plural)

blanket: (from blanket or wa-bo-yan)

wa-bo-yan
wa-bo-ya (plural)
wa-bo-yan-sa (electric blanket)
wa-bo-yan-san (plural)

bleed: (from bloody flux or miskwabiwin)

misk
misk-gwa
misk-gwa-bi
misk-gwa-bi-win

blind: (from blindness or gagibingwewin)

graag-i
graag-i-bin
graag-i-bin-we
graag-i-bin-we-win
graag-i-esh
graag-i-eshk
graag-it (blind person)
graag-it'in (plural)

block; breaks; contain; delay; hamper; hinder; hold; impede; obstruct; prevent; stop: (from hinder or nagadisiwin)

naag-wa
naag-wa-dis
naag-wa-di-si
naag-wa-di-si-win
naag-wad (container, dam, obstructer and preventer)
naag-wad'in (plural)

block: (as in a block of something - from Cree word for block or migganimic)

mig-ga-ni-mic
mig-ga-ni-min (plural)

bloom; grow: (from bloom or wabigon)

waa
waa-bi
waa-bi-go
waa-bi-gon
waat (bloomer)
waa-tin (plural)

blot: (from blotting out or gassiamagewin)

gas-si-a
gas-si-a-maag
gas-si-a-maa-go
gas-si-a-maa-go-win
gas-si-ad (blotter)
gas-si-ad'in (plural)

blow: (from blow or bodadjigewin)

vo-da
vo-da-jig
vo-da-ji-go
vo-da-ji-go-win
vo-dad (blower)
vo-dad'in (plural)
vo-dad-sa (electric blower)
vo-dad-san (plural)

blunder; mistake: (from mistake or wanissewin?)

won
won-nis
won-nis-se
won-nis-se-win

blunt; dull: (from it is blunt or azhiwawin? - proper is dull)

ozh
ozh-zhi
ozh-zhi-wa
ozh-zhi-wa-win
ozh-esh
ozh-eshk

board: (from boarding or bosiwin)

bo
bo-si
bo-si-wi
bo-si-win

board; plank: (from board as in a wooden board or nabagissag)

na-va
na-va-gis
na-va-gis-si
na-va-gis-si-gan

board: (from boarding as in room & boad or ashangewin)

aaz
aaz-shan
aaz-shan-go
aaz-shan-go-win
aazd (boarder or renter)
aaz-din (plural)
aaz-mic (boarding house or motel)
aaz-min (plural)
aaz-chi (boarding house & motel owner)
aaz-chin (plural)

boast; bragg: (from boasting or mamikwasowin)

ma-mic
ma-mic-cas
ma-mic-ca-so
ma-mic-ca-so-win
ma-mict (boaster)
ma-mic-tin (plural)

boat: (from boat or mitigo-tchiman)

mit-ti
mit-ti-go
mit-ti-go-chi
mit-ti-go-chi-man
mit-tid (boat maker)
mit-tid'in (plural)
mit-ti-mic (boat making company)
mit-ti-min (plural)

body: (from body or wiiawima)

wii
wii-a
wii-a-wi
wii-a-wi-ma

bomb: (from bomb or bimoshkodawan)

vim-mo
vim-mo-sko
vim-mo-sko-da
vim-mo-sko-da-wan
vim-mod (bomb maker & bomber)
vim-mod'in (plural)
vim-mo-mic (bomb making company)
vim-mo-min (plural)

bond: (from bond as in to bond with someone - or takobinigowin)

ta-ko-vi
ta-ko-vi-nig
ta-ko-vi-ni-go
ta-ko-vi-ni-go-win

bone: (from bone or okanima)

gan
gan-ni
gan-nim
gan-ni-ma
ga-ni-chi (big bone)
ga-niiz (little bone)

book; record: (from book or masinaigan)

maa-sri
maa-sri-na
maa-sri-na-i
maa-sri-na-i-gan

book-case: (from book-case or masinaigani-tessaban)

maa-sri-tes-sa-ban
maa-sri-tes-sa-ba (plural)
maa-sri-tes-sa-bant (book-case maker)
maa-sri-tes-sa-ban-tin (plural)
maa-sri-tes-sa-ban-mic (book-case making company)
maa-sri-tes-sa-ban-min (plural)

boot: (from boot or mitigwakisin)

ma-ki-sin-ni-chi (big shoe)
ma-ki-sin-ni-chin (plural)
ma-ki-sin-ni-chid (book maker)
ma-ki-sin-ni-chid'in (plural)
ma-ki-sin-ni-chi-mic (boot making company)

born: (from birth or ondadisiwin)

on-dra-dis (past tense of birth)



borrow; see adopt:



bosom; breast: (from bosom or pindomowin)

prin
prin-dom
prin-do-mo
prin-do-mo-win
prin-do-mi-chi (big breast)
prin-do-mi-chin (plural)
prin-do-miiz (little breast)
prin-do-mii-zin (plural)

boss; chief; leader: (from boss or ogima - proper is chief)

o-ga-ma
o-ga-man (plural)
o-ga-ma-chi (big chief)
o-ga-ma-chin (plural)
o-ga-maas (little chief)
o-ga-maa-sin (plural)

both: (from both or etawi)

e-ta-wi



bother; see anger:



bottle: (from bottling or omodigan?)

om
om-mod
om-mo-di
om-mo-di-gan
omd (bottle maker)
om-din (plural)
om-mic (bottle making company)
om-min (plural)



bound; see bind:



bottom; flat: (from flat or nabagisiwin?)

na-ba
na-ba-gis
na-ba-gi-si
na-ba-gi-si-win

bought; buy: (from buy or gishpinagewin)

gish-pi
gish-pi-naag
gish-pi-naa-go (bought)
gish-pi-naa-go-win
gish-pid (buyer & purchaser)
gish-pid'in (plural)

bow: (from bow as in bow & arrow or mitigwab)

mi-tig-wan
mi-tig-wan'in (plural)
mi-tig-want (bow maker)
mi-tig-wan-tin (plural)
mi-tig-wan-mic (bow making company)
mi-tig-wan-min (plural)

bowel; entrail; gut; intestine: (from bowels or onagish)

o-naa-gish
o-naa-gish-shin (plural)

bowl; cup: (from cupboard or tessaban)

tes (cup)
tes-saab
tes-saa-ba
tes-saa-ban (also used for cupboard)
tes-si-chi (big cup or bowl)
tes-si-chin (plural)
tesd (bowl & cup maker)
tes-din (plural)
tes-mic (bowl, cup & cupboard making company)
tes-min (plural)



box; see barrel:



bracelet: (from Cree word for bracelet or atchan)

at-chan
at-chan'in
at-chant (bracelet maker)
at-chan-tin (plural)
at-chan-mic (bracelet making company)
at-chan-min (plural)
at-cha-ni-chi (big bracelet)
at-cha-niiz (little braclet)

branch: (from branch or odikwan)

oo
oo-dig
oo-dig-wa
oo-dig-wan
oo-chi (big branch)
oos (little branch)

brass: (from brass or osawabik)

o-sa
o-sa-wab
o-sa-wa-big
o-sa-wa-bi-gan
o-sat (brass maker)
o-sat'in (plural)
o-sa-mic (brass making company)
o-sa-min (plural)

brave; courage: (from bravery or songideewin)

shon
shon-gi
shon-gi-dee
shon-gi-dee-win
shon-esh
shon-eshk
shonch

bread: (from bread or pakwejigan)

paa
paa-kwej
paa-kwe-jig
paa-kwe-ji-gan
paad (bread maker)
paa-din (plural)
paa-mic (bread bakery)
paa-min (plural)

break; bust; crack; tear: (from cracking or gipisiwin)

gip
gip-pis
gip-pi-si
gip-pi-si-win



breaks; see block:



breakfast: (from breakfast or kigizheb wissiniwin)

gi-zheb-wis



breast; see bosom:



breath; respiration: (from breath or nessewin)

nes-se-win
nes-se-win'in (plural)
nes-se-win-ni-chi (big breath)
nes-se-win-niiz (little breath)

breathe: (from breathing or nessewin)

nes
nes-se
nes-se-wi
nes-se-win

brick: (from brick or miskwabiganowassin)

mes
mes-gwa
mes-gwa-big
mes-gwa-bi-gan
mesd (brick maker)
mes-din (plural)
mes-mic (brick making company)
mes-min (plural)

bride: (from bride or wa widiged ikwe)

i-kwet
i-kwet'in
i-kwet-tes (bridesmaid)

bridegroom: (from bridegroom or wa widiged inini)

na-bet
na-bet'in
na-bet-tes (brideman)

bridge: (from bridge or azhogan)

as
as-zho
as-zho-ga
as-zho-gan
ast (bridge builder)
as-tin (plural)
as-mic (bridge building company)
as-min (plural)

bright; clear; shine: (from brightness or wasseiasiwin - proper is clear)

was-se
was-se-ya
was-se-ya-si
was-se-ya-si-win
was-se-esh
was-se-eshk

bright; educated; intelligent; smart: (from intelligence or nibwakawin - proper is educate)

nii
nii-ba (bright, educated, intelligent and smart)
nii-ba-ka
nii-ba-ka-wi
nii-ba-ka-win (education and intelligence)
nii-esh
nii-eshk
niid (educator, instructor, intellect & teacher)
niid'in (plural)
nii-mic (school or teach building)
nii-min (plural)

brilliant; decent; excellent; good; magnificent; splendid: (from good or mino - proper is good)

mi-no
mi-no-esh
mi-no-eshk
mi-noch

Bring: (from bringing or bidass or bidassewin?)

bid
bid-dos
bid-dos-se (brought)
bid-dos-se-win

brittle: (from brittle or kapisi)

ka-pi-si
ka-pi-si-esh
ka-pi-si-eshk

broad: (from broad or mangadea)

man-ga-de-a
man-ga-de-a-esh
man-ga-de-a-eshk



broadcast; see announce:







broil; see cook:



brook: (from brook or sippiwishe)

sip-pi-wi-she
sip-pi-wi-shen

broom; sweep; vaccum cleaner: (from broom or chaggataigan)

chag-ga
chag-ga-ta
chag-ga-ta-i
chag-ga-ta-i-gan
chag-ga-sa (vaccum cleaner)
chag-ga-san (plural)
chag-gat (broom maker)
chag-gat'in (plural)
chag-ga-mic (broom making company)
chag-ga-min (plural)

broth; soup: (from broth or nabop)

na-bob
na-bon (plural)

browse: (from navigating and sailing or bimashiwin)

vi
vi-ma
vi-ma-shi
vi-ma-shi-win
vid (browser a web browser, person and animal)
vid'in (plural)


bruise; hurt; injure: (from bruise or dassosowin)

das
das-so
das-so-so
das-so-so-win

brush; comb: (from comb or nassaigan)

nas
nas-sa
nas-sa-i
nas-sa-i-gan
nasd (brush maker)
nas-din (plural)
nas-mic (brush making company)
nas-min (plural)

brute; cruel; vicious; violent: (from wickedness of heart or majideewin - proper is cruel)

ma-ji-dee-win
ma-ji-dee-win-esh
ma-ji-dee-win-eshk
ma-ji-dee-winch

bucket: (from bucket or nandoban)

nan
nan-dro
nan-dro-ba
nan-dro-ban
nant (bucket maker)
nan-tin (plural)
nan-mic (bucket making company)
nan-min (plural)

bud; germ; grow: (from germ or saganwiwin? - proper is grow)

saag
saag-gan
saag-gan-wi
saag-gan-wi-win

build; construct; form: (from building or ozhigewin)

ozh
ozh-zhig
ozh-zhi-go
ozh-zhi-go-win
ozhd (builder)
ozh-din (plural)
ozh-mic (building company)
ozh-min (plural)

building: (from building as an office building or ozhigomic)

o-zhi-go-mic
o-zhi-go-min (plural)

bulky: (from bulky or micha)

mi-cha
mi-cha-esh
mi-cha-eshk

bull: (from bull or pizhikigan-nabe)

pi-zhi-ki-gan na-be (domesticated male bovine)
pi-zhi-ki-gan na-ben

bullet: (from bullet or anwigan)

en
en-wig
en-wi-ga
en-wi-gan
end (bullet maker)
en-din (plural)
en-mic (bullet making company)
en-min (plural)

bundle; packet; parcel: (from bundle of fur or mikindagan)

mick
mic-kwin
mic-kwin-da
mic-kwin-da-gan
mick-chi (large bundle)
mick-chin (plural)
mic-kiiz (small bundle)
mic-kiiz-zin (plural)

buoy: (from sea-mark or kikinnandawan)

kin
kin-nan
kin-nan-da (could be origins of name of Canada)
kin-nan-da-wan

bury: (from burial or pagigendamowin)

pa-gi-gen
pa-gi-gen-dam
pa-gi-gen-da-mo
pa-gi-gen-da-mo-wi
pa-gi-gen-da-mo-win
pa-gi-gent (person who buries or grave digger)
pa-gi-gen-tin (plural)
pa-gi-gen-mic-chi (graveyard)
pa-gi-gen-mic-chin (plural)
pa-gi-gen-mic-kiiz (grave or burying place)
pa-gi-gen-mic-kiiz-zin (plural)

burn; parch; roast; scorch: (from burn or chagisowin)

cha
cha-gis
cha-gi-so
cha-gi-so-win
cha-va (burnt or cooked - from cooked)

burst: (from burst by freezing or passadinawin?)

pas-sa
pas-sa-din
pas-sa-di-na
pas-sa-di-na-win

bush: (from bush or kibinsan)

kib
kib-bin
kib-bin-sa
kib-bin-san

bushel: (from bushel or dibaigan)

di
di-ba
di-ba-i
di-ba-i-gan



business; see barter:



bustle; move; roam; rove; stir: (from moving or mamadjissewin?)

ma-ma
ma-ma-jis
ma-ma-jis-se
ma-ma-jis-se-win
ma-mad (mover)
ma-mad'in (plural)
ma-ma-mic (move company)
ma-ma-min (plural)

busy: (from busy or ondamissowin?)

on-da
on-da-mis
on-da-mi-so
on-da-mi-so-win
on-da-esh
on-da-eshk

but; yet: (from yet or potch)

potch

butcher: (from butchering or nitagewin)

ne
ne-twag
ne-twa-go
ne-twa-go-win
ned (butcherer)
ned'in (plural)
ned-mic (butcher shop or store)
ned-min (plural)

butter: (from butter or totoshabo bimide - solid breast milk or tosongan)

to
to-son
to-son-ga
to-son-gan
tot (butter maker)
tot'in (plural)
to-mic (butter making company)
to-min (plural)

butterfly: (from butterfly or memengwa)

mem-men-gwa
mem-men-gwan (plural)
mem-men-gwa-chi (big butterfly)
mem-men-gwa-chin (plural)
mem-men-gwaas (little butterfly)
mem-men-gwaas-sin (plural)

buttock; but: (from buttocks or miskwassab)

mis-kwas-sab
mis-kwas-san (plural)
mis-kwas-sa-bi-chi (big buttocks)
mis-kwas-sa-bi-chin (plural)
mis-kwas-sa-biiz (little buttocks)
mis-kwas-sa-biiz-zin (plural)

button: (from button or botowin?)

bo
bo-to
bo-to-wi
bo-to-win
bod (button maker)
bod'in (plural)
bo-mic (button making company)
bo-min (plural)

buzz: (from it buzzes or gaskwemagad)

gras
gras-ke
gras-ke-wi
gras-ke-win





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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