That means "Hello" in Anishinaabe (also called Ojibwemowin), the native language of the Ojibwe Tribes. You might be more familiar with hearing "Chippewa" which is an anglicized version of Ojibwe. Over 50,000 people in the Northern United States and Southern Canada speak Ojibwe, which is an Algonquian language. Although there are several dialects of Ojibwe, the main ones are: Western, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Ottowa. Speakers of all five dialects can understand each other, though there are clear distinctions between them.

Ojibwemowin in Red Cliff
We offer language activities and classes for children and adults in an effort to preserve the language within our community. Our comprehensive Ojibwemodaa Endaaso Giizhik language plan includes various methods of language preservation, including free books and audio for community members, language lessons online, and in-person language workshops.

The Red Cliff Tribal Council passed Resolution 4.20.21E declaring efforts to revitalize Ojibwemowin.

The Red Cliff Band will be offering a 3-year Ojibwemowin Teaching & Training program to create fluent speakers and teachers.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ojibwe language, the following are good sources of information:

Online Resources