That means "Hello"
in Anishinaabe (also called Ojibwe), the native language of the Ojibwe
Tribes. You might be more familiar with hearing "Chippewa" which is an
anglicized version of Ojibwe. Over 50,000 people in the Northern United
States and Southern Cananda speak Ojibwe, which is an Algonquian language.
Although there are several dialects of Ojibwe, the main ones are: Western,
Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Ottowa. Speakers of all five dialects can
understand each other, though there are clear distinctions between them.
Currently, Red Cliff has
only one remaining tribal member who is a native speaker of Ojibwe. We are
currently holding language classes to teach both our children and adults the
language so it does not die out within our community. Other language
preservation programs are in the process of being developed.
If you are interested in
learning more about the Ojibwe language, the following are good sources of