Indian Education Program
-Ojibwe curriculum k-12
-Public Awareness through city signage in Ojibwe
-Transfer of recordings of elder Ojibwe speakers from cassette to CD (35)
Minnesota’s most enduring languages are in danger of disappearing. Without timely intervention,the use of Dakota and Ojibwe languages – like indigenous languages throughout the globe – will decline to a point beyond recovery.
These languages embody irreplaceable worldviews. They express, reflect, and maintain communal connections and ways of understanding the world. Deeper than the disuse of vocabulary or grammar, the loss of an 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.
This project provides Ojibwe language and culture classes to students in grades k-12. Weekly language tables will be conducted. Project participants will also create and distribute 100 professionally made Ojibwe signs to be displayed in the community to increase public awareness surrounding language activities. Another goal is to edit and transfer 35 cassette tapes containing stories by Ojibwe elders in the International Falls area to CD.