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

Or:

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

http://www.ojibwe.org/home/pdf/Ojibwe_Beginner_Dictionary.pdf

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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Wesiinhik / Ookaanag – Wild Animals / Farm Animals

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Wesiinhik / Ookaanag

Makwa – bear

nika- Canadian Goose

Amik – Beaver

Omakakii – Frog

Aamoo – Bee

Waagosh – Fox

Memengwaa – Butterfly

Ojiig – Fisher

Mashkodebizhiki- Buffalo

Bizhiki – Cow

Giniw – Golden Eagle

Aandeg – Crow

Zhiishiib – Duck

Adik – Caribou

Animosh – Dog

Baaka’aakwe- Chicken

Waawaashkeshi – Deer

Agongosens – Chipmunk

Mashtadim – Workhorse

Zhaangweshi – Mink

Maang – Loon

Waabizheshi – Marten

Bizhiw – Lynx

Waawaabigonoojii–Mouse

Kchi Waawaabiginoojii – Rat

Akakojiishi – Woodchuck

Mizisenh – Turkey

Wiinaange – Turkey Vulture

mai’iingan – Wolf

Asiginaak – Black Bird

Zhingos – Weasel

Washashk – Muskrat

Miskwaadesi – Mud Turtle

Gookooko’oo / gokoko – Owl

Mikinaak – Snapping Turtle

Gookoosh – Pig

Okaan – Farm Animal

Ajidamoo – Squirell

Gaag – Porcupine

Zhiigaag – Skunk

Bine’ – Partridge

Esibaan – Raccoon

Waabooz/ Waaboose – Rabbit

Baapaase – Downy Woodpecker

Nenookaasi – Hummingbird

Binesi – Thunderbird

Opichi – Robin

Gwiingweshi – Canadian Jay

Meme- Pileated Woodpecker

Diindiisi – Blue Jay

Gijigaaneshii – Chickadee

mayagi bine – Pheasant

Ginoozhe- N. Pike.

Gigooh – Fish

Diindiisi – Blue Jay

Mang /Mong – Loon

Agongosens – Chipmunk

Nenookaasi – Hummingbird

gijigaaneshii – Chickadee

Asiginaak – Black Bird

Zhingos – Weasel

Ojiig – Otter / fisher

Giniw – Golden Eagle

Migizi – Bald Eagle

Zhaangweshii – Mink

Kchi kaadi ginebic – alligator (big legged snake)


How do you say …?

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Aaniin Niijiikwenyaag!

I thought I would do another quick post on how to ask someone how to say a word in Anishinabemowin.

You can post questions like this in the comments section and I will try to answer your questions as soon as possible.

For example:

Anish keya ikido … little bear? – How do you say … little bear?

Makoohns – little bear / young bear.

Anish keya ikido … door? –  How do you say … door?

Ishkwaandem – door.

I am still trying to figure out all of the features I can use on this blog. I have learned this evening that because I have a wordpress.com blog instead of a self hosted wordpress.org site I cannot use plug-ins. So I am still working on trying to figure out how to add audio, so that you all can hear the pronunciations of the words.

Also I am developing a little pattern here, I am giving you words to learn, and trying to include a sentence that you can learn to say to use those words you are learning. As we get farther into this blog, I will try to clue you in to more of the linguistic side of our language and explain some of the mechanics of how it works. But for the beginner, I think it is better to see it this way, just to get your feet wet and not overwhelm you. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated, as well as any questions you may have, I will promptly answer.

Mino dibikad! – Good nite!

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