Ojibwe

Ojibwe

Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding experience of how language forms what makes us human. Some memories and realities, he has found, can only be carried forward in time by Ojibwe.

A quote from Oglala Lakota tribe member Ryan Wilson, referring to tribal elders who were listening to young girls singing in Arapaho.

Ojibwe teacher Keller Paap reflects on his work and the necessity of his language to adapt in order for it to flourish.

Our producer writes about the road we took to finding David Treuer's voice and creating this particular show.


“An Ojibwe Language Society Calendar” (photo: Hanson Dates/flickr)

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