Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ojibwemowin: Nigaane and Gimiikawaadiz

bOn the Morning Show today, Naabakwa told us about the origins of "Nigaane", the name for the language and cultural immersion program at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. It's a phrase that interprets as "the one who leads". The name was chosen by Johnny Mitchell, an elder and advisor to the program.

Another phrase from today's program, "Gimiikawaadiz", is one they say to the children every day. It means "you are beautiful".

A couple of other phrases we've learned:

"Apegish mino-ayaayan noongom" - hope you are doing well today

"Mino-giizhigad" - it's a nice day

You can hear our Ojibwemowin weather and language lessons Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:35, or listen on-line at our web site, kaxe.org.

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