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Ojibwe Language Website- Anishinaabemodaa!

11-28-2011

Without timely intervention, the use of Ojibwe languages, like Indigenous languages throughout the globe, will decline to a point beyond recovery. In recognition of this tragedy, new efforts have emerged dedicated to the revitalization of our precious language. The loss of our Indigenous language is destruction of a complex system for ordering the relationships among people and the natural world, for solving social problems, and connecting people to something beyond themselves. Indigenous languages are place-specific; they provide the deepest possible understanding of the historical and natural relationships that animate and enrich a place. In the past, Indigenous languages and culture were assaulted rather than supported – as a result parents and grandparents did not teach their children the language in order to protect them from harsh punishments while attending boarding schools. This era was devastating to the Anishinaabe people, and the effects on our traditions, language, and culture are still with us today. Our language was shaped over hundreds of years by communal experience, and it shaped how a people come to know who they are and what is true, where they came from, and how the world around them works materially and spiritually. Revitalization of our language can only help our ability to negotiate the two worlds we live in.

 

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