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Boozhoo Anishinabedog miinawa Zhaagnaashidog!

Long time no blog… sorry about the wait, things have been pretty busy and will likely continue to be so. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the posts as life whirls about.

Mitigowaakiing gwii zhaamin – We (excl) will go to the forest.

Mishiiminaaboo – apple juice / cider

Mishiiminaatig – apple tree

Mishiiminag – apples (animate)

Nanddawaawaashkeshi-giizhigad – Opening day (deer season)

Baashkizigan (an) – gun (s)

waniikewi-nini (wag) – trapper(s)

dasoonaagan(an) – trap(s)

mookmaan(an) – knife(s)

waagikomaan(an) – crooked knife(s)

Iyaabe(g) – buck(s)

Oniijaaniw(ag) – doe(s)

Gidagaakoons(ag) – fawn(s)

Waawaashkeshi-wiiyaas – deer meat

Waawaashkeshiwayaan(an) – deer hide(s)

Giiwse – S/he hunts

Baaskizige – S/he shoots

Giiyose – S/he hunts

Gewsin – Hunting

Giiyosewinini – hunter (male)

Giiyosewikwe – hunter (female)

Ditibidaabaan – truck

Gigii waabaandan ina waawaashkeshii? – Did you see the deer?

Waawaashkeshii wiiyaas – venison

Asema – tobacco

Agwajing asada asema jiigatig – Let’s put our tobacco down beside a tree

Mookman – knife

Chimookman- big knife

Tasenwang                                           Halloween

Bapakwaanaajiin (sag)                        bat(s)

Eshibiken (sag)                                       spider(s)

Jiibe (sag)                                                 skeleton(s) or ghost(s)

Mkaadewaashko gaazhag(ag )          black cat(s)

Ziisibaakidoons (an)                             candy (candies)

In the next post I will include some sentences to go along with these words, and some words about wild rice and ricing and Thanksgiving…

Bama apii Niijinkwenyag!



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Aaniin Niijinkwenyag!

Here are some more words used at Niimi’iding:

Biindigeshimoong – Grand Entry

Bwaazhennagamon – Straight Song

Ikwe Nagamon – Ladies Song (Side – Step)

Gikiwe’on – Flag

Gikiwe’on Nagamon – Flag Song

Zhaabowe’ikweg – Songbirds (Women Back up Singers)

Niimii’ odaa! – Let’s Dance!

Giwii ezhaa niimi’iding ina? – Do you want to go to the pow wow?

Ehn, Niwii ezhaa niimi’ding. – Yes, I want to go to the pow wow.

Ezhaadaa niimi’iding. – Let’s go to the Pow Wow.

In case you are at the pow wow and see a Manidoominens Adawewigaamigoong – Bead Trading Store, Here are some beading words…

Giishkoda – S/he cuts with sizzors

Gshkigwaaso – S/he sews

Mazinigwaade – S/he beads

Mazinaabidoo’ige – S/he beads on a loom

Miishiiginoon – Velvet

Asabaabiins – Thread

Gashkigwaasoneyaabiin – Sewing thread

Mazinaabidoo’iganaatig – Bead loom

Naabidoo’iganan – Beading needles

Zhaaboonigaansag – Sewing needles

Manidoominensag – Beads

Biito manidoominensag – Lined beads

Besha manidoominensag – Striped beads

Zhiibwaaze manidoominensag – Transparent beads

Bagwaaniigin – Cloth

Aanish minik? – How many/ How much?

Aaniin minik enangideg owe? – How much is it?

$1.00 Bezhigwaabik

$5.00 Naanwabik

$10.00 Midaaswaabik

$15.00 Midaaswi shi naanwabik

$20.00 Niizhtana daswaabik

$100.00 Ngodwaak daswaabik

A Penny – Bezhigo biiwaabikoons

5 cents – Naano biiwaabikoons

10 centsMidaaso biiwaabikoons

50 cents Naanmidna daso biiwaabikoons

$10.55 – Midaaswaabik  naanmidna shi naanwaabikoons.

Nimbiigoshkaa! – I’m broke!

Mi sa iw!






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Boozhoo Anishinabedog miinawa Zhaagnaashidog!

Long time no blog eh? Well this summer so far has turned out to be super busy, but here I am trying to catch up on my blog. Nongwa (Today) we will talk about Dibaganik – Time.

Dibagiiswan – Clock

Dibaginik – Time / Hour

Dibaganens – Minutes

Aaniish endaso dibagiiswan? – What does the clock read?

(Local: Mt. Pleasant) Aaniish e’ piichek? What hour is it?

1 o’clock – Bezhig dibaganik. – 1 hour

1:16 – Midaaswi shi ngodwaaswi dibaginens ishkwa beshig dibaganik. – 16 after 1 hour.

2:30 – Abta ishkwaa niizh dibaganik. – Half after 2 hour.

Jibwaa / Jibowaa – Before

Ishkwaa – After

Abta – Half

Besho – Close

Aanish e’ piichek?

Besho niizh dibaganik. Close to 2 hour.

For more number words, you can refer back to our number list in the “Birthday Party” post.

Today / Now – Nongwa/ Nongo

Yesterday – Bijinaago

Tomorrow – Waabang

Now for some Anishinabemowin sentence-ology:

To talk about past and future tense in a sentence you must use a prefix marker.

First off if you are talking about yourself you would use the (Ni / Nin) marker.  If you are talking about someone in the 2nd person (You) you would use the(  Gi / Giin) marker. Attached to these would be the tense marker – Wii – Future tense, Gii Past tense. There are lots more of these markers, but I am trying to keep this simple for beginners, as you continue your studies, you will find that there are many morphemes and many markers in Anishinabemowin. Please note, I am not a linguist so I am probably not using the correct linguistic terms here to explain this… check with a linguist for the correct labels. Now for a sentence to show you how you affix these markers.

Nigii ezhaa zhooniyaawigamig bijinaago. – I went to the bank yesterday.

Ni – I gii (past tense marker) ezhaa – to go  zhooniyaawigamig (money dwelling) bijinaago – yesterday.

Niwii ezhaa zhooniyaawigamig nongwa. – I am going to the bank today.

Niwii ezhaa zhooniyaawigamig waabang. – I am going to the bank tomorrow.

In this case, when talking about today and tomorrow, you are talking about something that has not happened yet, therefore you use the marker “Ni wii”.

If you have any comments or questions about “time” or how these sentences work, feel free to leave a message! 😀

Mi sa iw.

Biimskwaaguk. Biimskwaashik Anishinabe Zhigaawin!

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Swing and sway the Anishinabe way!

Nimi’iding – Dance (Literally to bend at the knee-  look at how we dance, this is a very good description!)

Note to Pow wow go-ers : Do not EVER CALL the dancer’s outfits Costumes! Refer to the outfits as outfits or regalia. This is our culture, NOT Halloween! Miigwetch. Also ask before you touch anything on a dancer or on a trader’s table, and do not take photos without asking permission first, and the proper way would be to offer the dancer tobacco:  / a tobacco tie / Loose tobacco/ or a cigarette. Miigwetch.

Jiingtamok – Gathering / Dance/ Pow Wow

Dewe’igan – Drum

Dewe’iganatig- Drumstick

Dewe’iganing – At the drum

Mishike zhiishiigan – Turtle rattle

Zhiishiigan – Rattle

Ngamwin – Song

Niimwin – Dance

Ngamo ininiwag – Male Singers

Ngamo kwewag – Female Singers

Bama api and Have fun on the Jiingtamok miikana!

Corrections  from Charles :D!! :

“M[i]tigoon boodaajigan – Turtle rattle”: really? Is there something that I’m not understanding here, because I read that as a “Wooden Horn”.

So I asked “How would you say turtle rattle? Mishike zhiishiigan?”

“That all depends. If you’re using a shell of a miskwaadesi as a ladle, then it is a mishiikenh-emikwaan. If the same turtle shell is used as a rattle, then yes, mishiikenh-zhiishiigwan. But a turtle shell itself is not zhiishiigwan, as that means “rattle”. The word for a shield or a turtleshell is widashwaa, so what a turtle has is a mishiikenh-widashwaa, opposed to the Romans with their Biiwaabiko-widashwaa.”

Zaagidawin miinawa Wiidaged

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Zaagidawin miinawa wiidaged – to love and be married.

I noticed that people have been using internet search engines to learn Odawa words for love, so I thought I would post the word love and other things to say when snagging or after you are snagged here.

Awenen giin gidodem? – What is your clan?

___ nindodem. I am ___ clan.

Or you could say:

Migizi ndodem, awenen giin gidodem? – I am Eagle clan, what is your clan?

Why ask your clan first? Well for those of you who do not know, it is a no-no to date within your own clan, sort of like dating your family… even if the tribal affiliation is different and is a cultural no – no.

Also might be good to run through relatives names… just in case your cousins…. lol

Zaagidawin – to love / love

Wiijiiwshin – Come with me.

Gisaagi’in – I love you

Jiimshin! – Kiss me! (as a command)

Gikinjigwenshin! -Hug me! (as a command)

Wiipemishin. – Lie down with me.

Gi ginaajiwi  / gi mikwaadizi – s/he is handsome / beautiful

Ninmoshen – My pet/ My sweetheart

Gi wii wiidigemin – I want to marry you.

Wiidigemishin – Marry me.

Wiidaged – Be married

Wiidagemaad – To be married to someone

Niibwid – Get married to someone

Ninaabem – My husband

Niwiiw – My wife

Days of the Week and Months of the Year

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Also note that the Days of the Week are not a traditional concept for our Anishinabe people. This is a modern way of counting time, always prior to this we counted by season and winters. We technically have more “months” than the Christian calendar which refer to things happening in the early spring and later spring time. There are two ways to count the days, one is based on the Christian belief system and  one is a non religious way of counting/saying the days of the week. In some communities Saturday is called “wash day” . It all depends on what is going on during the week and months because that is how Anishinabemowin works… it describes things.

Days of the Week

(o) name giizhigad – Sunday ( pray day)

(I)shkwa (o)name giizhigad – Monday ( after pray day)

Niizh giizhigad – Tuesday (2nd day)

Abta giizhigad – Wednesday ( half day)

Spinganwan – Thursday ( consecration day)

Jibaatoo giizhigad – Friday – cross day

Maanii giizhigad – Saturday – its mary’s day

Also Wednesday can be called Zozep giizhigad – st josephs day


Aname giizhigad – pray day

Ntam giizhigad – first day

Niizh giizhigad – second day

Nswi giizhigad – third day

Abtaying – half

Naanan giizhigad – Fifth day

Ngodwaaswi giizhigad – sixth day

The Months of the Year depend on the location and the weather/ season…

The following are the months of the year for the central Michigan area.

Manidoo Giizis – Spirit Moon – January

Makwa Giizis – Bear Moon – February

Naabidin Giizis – Snow Crust Moon – March

Bopogaame Giizis – Walk on lakes/ Broken Snowshoe Moon March –  / April

Ziisibaakadake Giizis – Sugar Moon – April

Nmebine Giizis – Sucker Moon – May

Waabgonii Giizis – Blossom Moon – June

Miin Giizis – Berry Moon – July

Mnoomni Giizis – Ricing Moon – August

Waabagaa Giizis – Changing Leaves Moon – September

Bnaakwii Giizis – Falling Leaves Moon – October

Baashkaakodin Giizis – Freezing Moon

Manidoo Giizisoohns – Little Spirit Moon

Another note, we call years biboon (winters) like when we say our age is is in “winters” the winter count.
Ntam giizhigad, Nmebine Giizis, Niizhtana shi nswi, Niizhing mdaaswaak shi bezhig shi bezhig. Monday (the first day), May, 23, 2011.

Another note: I found this on another website


I think you should realize what you say when you say the following:

One week- Ningo anami’e giizhig
One month- Ningo giizis
One year- Ningo biboon

Ningo anami’e giizhig – literally one pray day

Ningo giizis – Literally one sun. I would not say it this way, I would say Ningo dibik giizis – One Moon

and Ningo biboon is literally One winter.


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Anish ezhiwebak niijiikwenyaag? – Whats happening my friends?

I was woken up this morning by a police officer – Dakoniwewinini. Our cars and 11 others had been broken into in the middle of the night. So I thought I would post the word for Policeman – Dakoniwewinini and Policewoman – Dakoniwewikwe

Dakoniwewidaabaan – Police car

Odaabaan – Car

Dakoniwewigamig – Police Station

Gashkaabika’w – Lock someone up

Gashkaabika’ – Lock someone up (as a command)

Dibaakonigewigamig – Court House

Mi iw sa (That is all)

Bama api gi waabamin (see you later)

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