Odawa love poem
Ndodibaajmowaanhs miigezhi mnabiigaadek
Shawiigwa, wewiiptan zaam wiiba nigonaagwat
Mii maanda shkwaach “Gzaagin.”
Department Language Services Little Traverse Bay Bands Odawa
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Odawa love poem (ottawa) an Anishinaabemowin/Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) dialect spoken by the Anishinaabe/Nishnaabe people of the "Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians" in Michigan. Odawa an Algonquian language, is the Anishinaabemowin dialect which differs the most from other dialects of this language. This dialect, which count perhaps only 10,000 speakers, is supported today by a revitalization program, through a language department and an effort to teach it in schools.
I warmly thank this department language for this participation, which shows all the linguistic richness that it is so important to preserve.
French with Champlain, are the first Europeans who meet the Ottawa (Odawa) (who call them Nishnaabe or Anishinaabe, the French call them Outaouais). From this meeting, French missionaries will first document this language. The original territory of the Odawa, straddles Canada (Ontario) and the United States (Michigan). Ottawa, the capital city of Canada located on the Ottawa River, part of the historic territory of this people, has borrowed their name.
Generally, “Anishinaabe” refers to Native person, but is also the common name that they call themselves. The Odawa (Ottawa), Ojibwe (Ojibwa/Ojibway/Chippewa) and the Boodwe’aadomi (Potawatomi) are also sometimes referred to as the Three Fires people.
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