May 26, 2011
“The New Waaskonens”
12 min.



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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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  1. Wasson says:

    Miigwetch….wish i could spell better.
    This is awsome site I will share with many people.

  2. Dale Darlene Trudeau says:

    This is a great video, and it makes me understand our native language more, it is certainly a refresher, and brings back what I know of the language. It has been a long time since I heard the language. I would like to share this with all my family and friends and be sure to watch for more of the video clips. They certainly help me know and understand the language more. Awesome work Barbara !!! I would like to also thank JP for the awesome work behind the scenes, as I realize this too goes hand in hand with bringing these video clips together to share with everyone. Keep up the great work !! I will definitely share these with family and friends.

    • Gchi-miigwech Dale for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the videos and that you’ll share with your family and friends. You are right, there is much work in making these videos and I am privileged to be working with JP who does all the editing, sound, lights, research and so much more to make the videos available.

    • @ Dale – Warm gratitude for the compliments. :) It’s great to hear that the videos are helping you to “understand the language more.” Barbara and I believe strongly that comprehension of contextual language (without translation, of course) is a *key* ingredient to eventually becoming a speaker of Nishnaabemwin. So, your words are doubly inspiring! It’s going to be such a gift to hear you and many other folks speak our language *fluently* one day! Barbara and I hope we can continue to provide immersion videos that are helpful to all of our future speakers of Nishnaabemwin.

      @ Barbara – Aapji go kichi-piitenmin, mBarbara! E-zhi-ntaa-Nishnaabemtaageyan gmaamiikwenmin – gchi-niibna gnaadmawaag. Ggwetaankamik sa naa e-piichi-gchi-nendmaagyaanh ge-nii wiijnokiimnaanh. :)

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