The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers. It is also a gateway into the Ojibwe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society. Along with detailed Ojibwe language entries and voices, you will find beautiful cultural items, photographs, and excerpts from relevant historical documents.


This dictionary is a helpful secondary resource for individual words. You can search in English and Ojibwemowin.

Baraga Dictionary

This is an online copy of the original Baraga dictionary published in 1878. This dictionary uses phonetics and other grammatical tools to convey Ojibwemowin words.

Nishnaabemwin Online Dictionary

This dictionary focuses on the Odawa dialects spoken along the shores of Lake Huron, with a particular emphasis on the varieties spoken on Manitoulin Island.

Ojibwe Medical Dictionary

This dictionary from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau focusses on Ojibwemowin for health care providers. This dictionary is especially useful for those working with fluent Ojibwemowin speakers to communicate health issues and needs.

Other Resources

Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang

Specializing in immersion education for adult learners, OOG offers downloadable and categorized verb lists, lessons, audio clips, and reference materials.

Anishinaabemowin Learner’s Grammar

Based on Nishnabemwin Reference Grammar by Rand Valentine, this website offers verb paradigms and other helpful grammar information for adult learners.

Ojibwe Rosetta Stone Project

In partnership with Aanjibimaadizing Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Rosetta Stone facilitated the creation of this virtual learning course with fluent Ojibwemowin speakers and learners. Learners can download the software for a cost and there are additional teacher guides available for free.

Aaniin Ekidong?

This vocabulary project is the product of working sessions with fluent speakers throughout Ojibwe territory. The vocabulary is focused on words commonly used when teaching about topics in a school i.e. Math, Social Studies, Electricity, etc.  This is a valuable resource for any instructor to keep on hand.

Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang
A YouTube collection of videos of first language speakers working with learners.

Tutorial Videos
College of St. Scholastica

These eleven video tutorials have been created by The College of St. Scholastica to demonstrate immersion methodology and classroom management in Ojibwemowin. All videos are narrated in Ojibwemowin.

Waking Up Ojibwe – Anishinaabemodaa
Read With Me videos for Books, Koko Jones episodes, and Anishinaabemowin Learning Sessions

Gaa-ondinang Dakwaanowed Makwa
Anna Gibbs tells the story of how the bear got his short tail. A short feature film beautifully illustrated by Jonathan Thunder.

Two amazingly fun, illustrated videos of classic aadizookaanan.

Ojibwe Video Lessons
Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre

These amazing videos feature speakers creating cradle boards, dresses, moccasins and more. English translations are included with the videos.

Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions
A collection of Ojibwemowin interviews with Elders in Minnesota.

Ojibwa Texts Part 1

William Jones Ojibwa Texts
Part 1

Online Book
Ojibwa Texts Part 2

William Jones Ojibwa Texts
Part 2

Online Book
Ojibwa Texts Part 2

BSU Oshkaabewis Native Journal
Downloadable audio and transcriptions/translations

Online Journal
Waking Up Ojibwe

Waking Up Ojibwe
Resources for families and learners including books, activities, videos and other materials.

Online Resources
Aanjikiing Changing Worlds

Aanjikiing: Changing Worlds – An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral
Lee Obizaan Staples & Chato Ombishkebines Gonzalez

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Anishinaabe Ceremonial Dance

Anishinaabe-Niimi’iding: An Anishinaabe Ceremonial Dance
Lee Obizaan Staples & Chato Ombishkebines Gonzalez

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Oshkaabewis Native Journal

Oshkaabewis Native Journal
Academic Journal of the Ojibwe Language

Online Journals
Living our Language: Ojibwe Tales & Oral Histories

Living Our Language: Ojibwe Tales & Oral Histories
Anton Treuer

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Portage Lake: Memories of an Ojibwe childhood

Portage Lake: Memories of An Ojibwe Childhood
Author Maude Kegg & Editor John Nichols

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Downloadable audio and transcriptions/translations.

Read the Journals

Audio from speakers accompanied by a transcription. This is an amazing collection of teachings and narratives from Nancy Jones, Larry Smallwood, Leona Wakanabo and more. *When you select an audio clip, you must click ‘Next’ in the bottom right corner to advance to the audio.

Audio & Transcriptions

 Translations to accompany the audio and transcriptions.

Elders and Youth working together to preserve knowledge. Audio is presented with both transcriptions and translations.

Audio & Visual Materials

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