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.


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Anishinaabemowin

Also known as Ojibwemowin and Ojibwe, Anishinaabemowin is a language that is spoken by the Anishinaabe people. Some Anishinaabemowin words are listed below.

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Bimaadiziwin - Life

Nibi - Water (I am coming towards you)

Ni- I

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.


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Manidooshensag - Insects (literally- little spirits)

Manidoo - Spirit, Manitou

Mashkiki - Plants (the strength of the earth)

Mash- Strength

Aki - Earth


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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


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