Author Archive for Barbara Nolan

Barbara Nolan is a first-speaker of Nishnaabemwin who has spent several decades working with a variety of organizations to revitalize the Nishnaabe language. Most recently, her dream of passing her language on has come true: Barbara has successfully passed her language on to John Paul Montano. This website,, is one part of their continuing efforts to help other Nishnaabe people acquire the language.

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Mdwechgewnini Mahiingan

September 25, 20120 Comments

Nishnaabe-language immersion by Barbara Nolan: Mahiingan the Radio D.J. (28 min.)

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Wginiin Nkweshkwaan Mahiingan

September 17, 20120 Comments

Wginiin Nkweshkwaan Mahiingan
“Mahiingan Meets Wginii”
32 min.

The shy 18-year-old Mahiingan begins his first year of university making a new friend: fellow student Wginii. 85-years-young and full of life, Wginii spends her four years at university inspiring Mahiingan and everyone else she meets to ask themselves whether we stop playing because we grow old or whether we grow old because we stop playing. Do we stop enjoying our life because we stop attempting to achieve our dreams?

Are the fellow students of Wginii willing to trust in their Elder’s insights and life experiences? Are they each willing to…

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Wiikwnge Mkwa

September 10, 20120 Comments

Nishnaabe-language immersion by Barbara Nolan: Bear Gives a Feast. (33 min.)

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Kiwenziinh miinwaa Gwisan

September 3, 20120 Comments

Kiwenziinh miinwaa Gwisan
“The Old Man and His Son”
20 min.

Due to Biidaankwad’s old age, he moves in with his son, Noodin. One early morning while the two men are sitting outside Noodin’s house, they are visited by a robin. What does Robin teach…

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