Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway)

In the creation story of the Anishinaabe, the word ‘Anishinaabe’ means ‘the spirit that is lowered from above’ and refers to Nanaboozhoo, who was lowered to the Earth. Nanaboozhoo was given the responsibility to name everything, thus creating Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe. Today, the language is spoken by roughly 28,000 people, mainly in Ontario and Manitoba. It is written using the Roman alphabet or syllabics.

Regions Spoken

Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec

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Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway)
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