THE REVITALIZATION OF THE NISHNAABEMWIN LANGUAGE PROJECT


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Eshkentam-Nishinaabemang Mzinagan
Introduction Level

Language Textbooks 

     The language texts are being revised so as to reflect changes to the new orthography which is known as the double vowel writing system. There are three textbooks being developed which are entitled: Eshkintam-Nishinaabemang Mzinagan (Introduction of Nishnaabemwin), Eko-niizhing Nishnaabemang Mzinagan (Intermediate Level) and Oshme geyaabe Wii-Nishnaabemang Mzinagan (More Advanced Level).   These texts promote language learning through a progressive development of oral, reading, writing and listening skills.  Although aimed at adult learners, they can also be used by teachers who wish to extract lessons from the text in order to  to teach literacy language programs or for new orthography learners.  The expected date of completion of the first textbook is the summer of 1999. 

The following are sample lessons that can be found in Eshkintam-Nishnaabemang Mzinagan (Introduction of Nishnaabemwin) 


MAPS OF NISHNAABEMWIN

The five main areas of the dialectical regions in Canada and the United States.


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 
 



ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN CANADA

There are eleven families, fifty-three languages, and over two hundred dialects.

National Indian Brotherhood  Assembly of First Nations Education Secretariat
An Information Handbook on Aboriginal Languages and Literacy

LANGUAGE GROUP LANGUAGE LANGUAGE GROUP LANGUAGE

ALGONKIAN Abenakis SALISHAN Bella Coola
Algonkin/Algonquin Comas
Blackfoot Cowichan
Cree Halkomelam
Delaware Lilooet
Malecite Ntlakyapamuk
Micmac Okanagan
Montagnais/Naskapi  Puntlatch
Ojibway Seechelt
Ottawa/Outaouais Semiahmoc
Potawatomi Shuswap
Songis
ATHAPASKAN Beaver Squamish
Carrier  Straits
Chilcotin  Thompson
Chipewyan
Dogrib SIOUX Assiniboine
Han Dakota
Hare Sioux
Kaska
Kutchin TLINGIT Tagish
Loucheaux Tlingit
Nahani
Sarcee TSIMSHIAN Gitksan
Sekani Niska
Slave Tsimshian
Tagis
Tutchone WAKASHAN Haisla
Tahltan Heiltsuk
Yellowknife Kwakiutl/Kwakwa
Nitinat
HAIDA Haida Nootka
IROQUOIAN Cayuga ESKIMO/ALIEUT Inuktitut
Huron
Mohawk KOOTENAYAN Kootenay
Oneida
Onondaga
Seneca
Tuscarora

 
 



Lesson 22: Wesiinyag 
Animals


bagwaji-gookoosh  (n.sing.an.) hog / boar
bizhiw (n.sing.an.) lynx
esiban / ensiban (n.sing.an.) raccoon
gaag (n.sing.an.) porcupine
goongsenh / goonsenh / gwiingos (n.sing.an.) chipmunk
jidmoonh  (n.sing.an.) squirrel
kokjiish / kakjiish (n.sing.an.) ground hog
ma'iingan / mhiingan / myiingan (n.sing.an.) wolf
makwa (n.sing.an.) bear
mashkode-bizhiki (n.sing.an.) buffalo
mik/aamik (n.sing.an.) beaver
mooz / moozo (n.sing.an.) moose
naabak (n.sing.an.) male bear
nepaaji-ninkesenh (n.sing.an.) mole
nigig  (n.sing.an.) otter
ojiig  (n.sing.an.) fisher
shawnoodese (n.sing.an.) coyote
waabgonoojiinh (n.sing.an.) mouse
waabooz (n.sing.an.) rabbit
waabzheshii / waabzheshi (n.sing.an.) marten
waagosh / waagwash (n.sing.an.) fox
waawaashkesh (n.sing.an.)  deer
zhaangwesh (n.sing.an.) mink
zhashkoonh / zhashk  (n.sing.an.) muskrat
zhigaag (n.sing.an.) skunk
zhingos/zhingwis (n.sing.an.) weasel
New Words    European Animals
gchi-bagwaji-gookoosh  (n.sing.an.) hippopotamus 
jejiibdakiinh (n.sing.an.) elephant 
mshibzhii (n.sing.an.) lion 
ndamaakmeshiinh (n.sing.an.) monkey

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