The Ojibwe People's Dictionary
A Public Digital Humanities Project for an Indigenous Language
a talk by
John D. Nichols
Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Hamilton College Class of '66
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 • 4:10 p.m. • Red Pit
The digital humanities are playing an important supporting role in the preservation and revitalization of the endangered indigenous languages of North America. John D. Nichols ’66 reports on the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, a free on-line archive and talking dictionary of Ojibwe (Chippewa), a language of the Western Great Lakes region. The project tries to the balance the urgent need to document the language while it is still spoken with the need to present useful results of the research to stakeholders in the indigenous, scholarly, and funding communities, while dealing with the issues of rapidly changing digital technology and sustainability.
The dictionary was featured last summer at the university building at the Minnesota State Fair. Among the giveaways were these Ojibwe language temporary tattoos.