About John Paul Montano
John Paul Montano
John Paul Montano has spent most of the last ten years acquiring the 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:
- Community-based language revitalization - As a member of the language revitalization project of the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation, John Paul is doing immersion instruction, 2D cartoon animation, and, along with a committee of Pic River Elder first-speakers, is responsible for the accurate reconstruction of Pic River’s dialect of Nishnaabemwin. This hope-filled project is planned to be officially announced in March 2014.
- Teaching first-speakers of Nishnaabemwin - He’s actively involved in teaching first-speakers of Nishnaabemwin how to successfully integrate their immersion instruction with video and the web in order to pass their language on to others.
- Creating Nishnaabe-language animations with NishAnimate - He’s a founding member of an experimental open source project called NishAnimate, which is attempting to develop an application that will be able to convert audio-accompanied Nishnaabe-language text into animated Nishnaabe-language immersion video. NishAnimate will be free to use and is planned to be available for other indigenous languages.
- Tweeting in Nishnaabemwin with Tweet2Learn - Additionally, John Paul is an ongoing Nishnaabe-language contributor to an Indigenous Tweets project called Tweet2Learn, which is a website/mobile app that makes it easier for people to use their native language on Twitter. If you’d like to contribute to Tweet2Learn, Kevin Scannell would be quite happy to hear from you! :)
John Paul is a very happy Nishnaabe from the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, and currently lives in Baawitigong (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). He loves to laugh.