About John Paul Montano

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John Paul Montano

John Paul Montano has spent most of the last thirteen years acquiring our Nishnaabe language from his mentor, Barbara Nolan. Together, they have successfully transferred the language forward, across one generation – from Barbara to John Paul. He is profoundly grateful to be a speaker of Nishnaabemwin.

His efforts today consist mostly of helping to pass our Nishnaabe language on to the next generations of our people:

  • John Paul is an immersion instructor, a trainer of immersion instructors, a Nishnaabe-language voice actor, and a 3D animator with the language revitalization project of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg;
  • For the last three years, in consultation with a committee of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Elders, he has been responsible for the accurate reconstruction of Biigtigong’s dialect of Nishnaabemwin;
  • In the Summer of 2013, John Paul was commissioned by the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg to compile a comprehensive dictionary of their dialect of Nishnaabemwin. On September 16, 2015, a first version of this dictionary was released on the Band’s language project website: biigtigong.com

John Paul is a very happy Nishnaabe from the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, and currently lives in Baawitigong (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). He loves to laugh.

If you’re interested, you can reach John Paul at jp@johnpaulmontano.com

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