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Giving New Life to Her Native Language, Ojibwe

Society & Culture  (tags: natie language, alive, teaching, GoodNews )

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When Dorene Wiese was a young girl she would listen to the stories her family members told as they gathered around her kitchen table.

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Lone W (1428)
Monday January 11, 2010, 9:14 am
a great story, i'm glad that there are still a few that still can speak there Language. and that they are so willing to teach, keeping it alive and should be. Doh iy i

Debbie G (306)
Monday January 11, 2010, 10:37 am
This is very cool. I too am glad that there are still people that can speak indigenous languages and I think it's wonderful when someone is reviving one. Thanks, Terry.

Janine Boguslawski (95)
Monday January 11, 2010, 10:50 am
Thats what I say keep it alive!

Cathy L (12)
Monday January 11, 2010, 11:22 am
It's so wrong when education cannot find funding. worse yet when they take it away. Forever glad there are people like Dorene Wiese devoted to her native languages revival. Bless her and her students and much success!

Laurie W (189)
Monday January 11, 2010, 11:29 am
When we lose our language with the passing of an older generation we lose apart of who we are. It's extremely important to keep all languages intact and used for the next generation.

Gillian M (218)
Monday January 11, 2010, 12:50 pm
A language is part of our identity, it helps define us and affects how we think. I am a great believer that the language of the country in which we live should be learnt but it should be alongside their own language. Definitely stories should be learnt in their own language because of nuances

However, prayer comes from the heart and can be spoken & understood in any language.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday January 11, 2010, 1:17 pm
Thanks Terry

Kenneth L (314)
Monday January 11, 2010, 1:46 pm
I think native people in N. America are one of the truest examples of human spirit there is. Kicked, kicked when down, stolen from, cheated, tricked, trapped, lied to, plotted against, and yet they shine through. Not to mention exceedingly good stewards of the earth.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday January 11, 2010, 2:40 pm
Her own statement is good enough for me and speak volumns.

"He said that if you can't pray in your language, the Creator cannot hear you," said Wiese. "I wanted to learn how to pray in Ojibwe. I wanted to learn how to tell our stories in Ojibwe. That's the only way we can be whole again as a native people."

Sherry E (168)
Monday January 11, 2010, 2:57 pm
Wonderful Comments..................

Karen S (106)
Monday January 11, 2010, 3:49 pm
Thanx Terry. What a great article. It speaks to the resilience of the Obijwe that they have come through a dire and oppressive history and are still able to rekindle a rich culture. It is encouraging to see what a difference just one determined person can make. Kudos to Dorene Wiese. She is a great role model.

Lynn Christy (64)
Monday January 11, 2010, 4:23 pm
great story and great lady... wado Terry... =)

BernadetteP P (72)
Monday January 11, 2010, 4:24 pm
great story terry thank you

Bill U. (2)
Monday January 11, 2010, 4:25 pm

Conni M (103)
Monday January 11, 2010, 5:49 pm
It is wonderful that the language is being kept alive!!

Daniel Barker (4)
Monday January 11, 2010, 6:01 pm
What can I do to help?

Cathi Hartline (248)
Monday January 11, 2010, 8:13 pm
I loved all of the awesome comments here! I too love it when I see another Native American tribe preserving their language! after so many terrible incidences of them being forced to not be able to use their native tongue, it is so inspiring to see it being injected with remewed life! blessings to Dorene for all she is doing! and blessings to all who help her and learn from her! thank You Lone for Your heartwarming news!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 3:25 am
Awesome! My grandfather spoke a little Choctaw, but I'm the only grandchild who's tried to keep it up- languages can die so easily.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 4:55 am
What a wonderful woman. She knows that your language is as much a part of you as your eyes,heart or skin. It is a part of a peoples' physical make-up. Kepp it alive.

mary f (202)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 5:11 am
what a great woman its great to see a tribe preserving their language

Terry B (649)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 10:06 am
This is exciting. Linguistics was my college major and most linguists are alarmed at the rate languages are going extinct, and taking with them the cultural values unique to each one.

Remember the Navajo Code Talkers who did a great deal to advance communications in the US forces in World War II.

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Tuesday January 12, 2010, 11:06 am
One of the greatest strengths any culture has is to be found in its stories and its myths. Keep sharing those stories, ma'am. Good work you're doing.
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