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Freelang Ojibwe-English dictionary

Ojibwe (also known as Ojibwemowin, Ojibwa(y), or Chippewa(y); and when combined with Algonquin, Oji-cree, Ottawa and Potawatomi, is also known as Anishinaabe or Anishinaabemowin) is an Algonquian language, like Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Cree (James Bay, Muskego, Naskapi, Woods, etc.) and Wabanaki (Abenaki-Penobscot, Maliseet, Micmac, etc.). It is spoken by around 13,800 people in the United States and by as many as 45,000 in Canada, making it the second most commonly spoken Native language in Canada (after Cree), and the third most spoken in North America (behind Navajo and Cree).

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This dictionary was made by Weshki-ayaad, Charles Lippert and Guy T. Gambill.
Read an interview of Guy Gambill in our magazine and make sure you check his new website: Justice in the context of First Nations

List status: © Weshki-ayaad, Charlie Lippert & Guy T. Gambill

Sources used:

R. Rhode's "Eastern Ojibwa-Chippewa-Ottawa Dictionary"; Nichols and Nyholm's "Ojibwewi Ikidowinan: An Ojibwe Word Resource" and "Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe"; F. Baraga's "A Dictionary of the Otchipway Language"; Coy Eklund's "Dictionary of the Chippewa Language"; "Salteaux Dictionary"; Wilson's "Dictionary of Ojibwe"; word list from Anton Treuer's "Living our Language"; word lists from Maude Kegg's "Memories of Portage Lake" and "What My Grandmother Told Me"; word lists from "An Ojibwe Text Anthology"; Andrew J. Blackbird's "History of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan"; GLIFWC's "Plants used by the Great Lakes Ojibwe", Anishinabe-Aski Legal Services' "Legal Ojibwe Glossary".

Toponym sources: information gleaned from J. V. Brower's "Archaeological Survey of Minnesota, 1902" and "Archaeological Chart of Mille Lac, 1900", various works of Joseph N. Nicollet, L.H. Bunnell, MD, H. Schoolcraft, Rev. Joseph A. Gilfillan and Warren Upham; William W. Warren's "History of the Ojibway People"; F. Chrysostom Verwyst's "Geographical Names in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan with Chippewa Origins"; D. Kelton's "Indian Names of Places near the Great Lakes" and "Indian Names and History of Sault Ste. Marie Cana", J. Hammond Trumbull's "The composition of Indian geographical names, illustrated from the Algonkin languages"; "Mille Lacs Band Annotated Statutes"; "History of Pine County"; "History of St. Croix County"; XVIIIth and XIXth century maps by: Burr, Mitchell, Cowperthwait, Grassl, Colton and Young.

And additional information drawn from discussions between Charlie Lippert and James Clark, Brenda Boyd and Leonard Sam.

Ojibwe > English: 113,528 entries
English > Ojibwe: 79,919 entries

Last update: January 1, 2022
First upload: November 30, 2003

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