Water is Language
This teaching is based on current work being done by the Decolonizing Water collective on revitalizing Indigenous languages.
Kegedonce John Borrows shares some teachings about Nibi.
Also known as Ojibwemowin and Ojibwe, Anishinaabemowin is a language that is spoken by the Anishinaabe people. Some Anishinaabemowin words are listed below.
Bimaadiziwin - Life
Nibi - Water (I am coming towards you)
Bi - To come towards
Ni Bimaadiziwin - I am life
Neyaashiinigmiing - Point of land surrounded by water on three sides
Kegedonce John Borrows teaches us about mashkiki and manidooshensag.
Chichigaawesiinh - Cricket (literally “those little ones who chew things up”)
Chigeyate-wemitigozhi-minibaashki-minisagani-biitoosijigani-zhegwaabikinigani-bakwezhigan - Blueberry pie (literally “Old time French man picking berries and putting them between bread, putting them in the oven and watching it explode”)
Noodin - Wind
Tisaaweshii - Cicada
Manidooshensag - Insects (literally- little spirits)
Manidoo - Spirit, Manitou
Mashkiki - Plants (the strength of the earth)
Aki - Earth