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Ojibwe language entries and voices, you will find beautiful cultural items, photographs, and excerpts from relevant historical documents.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.

Kidon Miinwaa

This course offers dialogues (written and audio), extensive grammar notes, and most importantly, digital flashcards that you can use to drill vocabulary and verb conjugations on a daily basis with a smartphone