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February 10, 2010

Revitalizing Ojibwe Language

Filed under: Event, Native American — Alison Aten @ 1:29 pm

Ojibwe in MinnesotaMHS Press is proud to announce the publication of Ojibwe in Minnesota by Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. With insight and candor, Treuer traces thousands of years of the complicated history of the Ojibwe people–their economy, culture, and clan system, and how these have changed throughout time, perhaps most dramatically with the arrival of Europeans into Minnesota territory.

Treuer also tackles the complicated issue of identity and details recent efforts and successes in cultural preservation and language revitalization. He mentions the Niigaane Ojibwe Immersion Charter School, which was developed to revitalize the Ojibwe language on the Leech Lake Reservation.

Minnesota Public Radio recently aired a segment on the Naytahwaush Community Charter School on the White Earth Reservation, which also uses traditional Ojibwe language and culture to get kids and parents excited about education.

Come meet Anton Treuer at Birchbark Books on Thursday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. He will talk about the book, discuss Ojibwe history and culture, and sign copies of Ojibwe in Minnesota.

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