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Native Languages of the Americas: Algonquin
(Algonkin, Anicinabe, Anishnabe, Anishnabeg)

L'Algonquin (French version)

Language: Algonquin is the language for which the Algonquian language family is named. This has caused great confusion, and makes it difficult to find information about the actual Algonquin language: many websites incorrectly identify other Algonquian languages as Algonquin or the Algonquin language as Algonquian, and some people even claim there is no "Algonquin" language. There is, and it is spoken by 3000 Algonquin people in Quebec and Ontario. "Algonquin" refers only to that language, while "Algonquian" refers to the entire language family-- just as "German" refers to a language while "Germanic" refers to a language family. The Algonquin Indian language is a verb-based polysynthetic language closely related to Ojibwe. Some linguists even consider it an Ojibwe dialect, since speakers can roughly understand each other (similar to Spanish and Italian speakers in Europe.) Algonquin is not related to Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, or other semitic languages; this data was faked.



Names: The origins of the name Algonquin are unclear. It is often said to be a Mohawk name meaning "bark-eater," but that is mistaken-- the Mohawk name for the Algonquin tribe was Adirondack (which does mean bark-eaters.) "Algonquin" may have come from the Maliseet word elehgumoqik ("our allies,") the Mi'kmaq word algoomaking ("of the fish-spearing-place"), or the Maliseet word elakanqin ("they are good dancers.") In their own language, the Algonquin people call themselves AnicinÓbe ("original people") and their language AnicinÓbemowin ("original people's language.") Since this is the same self-designation used by the Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes, Algonquin people today most often use the names Algonquin or OmÓmiwinini to differentiate themselves from their these politically independent tribes. Alternate spellings of these tribal names include Algonkin, Algonkian, Algoumequin, Algic, AnicinÓpe, Anicinabe, Anishinabe, Anishnabe, AnicinÓbek, Anishnabeg, Anishnabek, AnicinÓpemowin, Anicinapemi8in, AnishinÓbemiwin, OmÓmiwininiwak, and OmÓmiwininýmowin.

People: There are 8000 Algonquin Indians in Canada today, organized into nine nations in Quebec and one nation in Ontario. The Algonquin Indians were the victims of unfortunate European politics. The banding together of the Iroquois Confederacy had driven the Algonquins from lands that were once theirs, and when the French arrived trading firearms for furs, the Algonquins jumped at the deal. Though the French were good friends to the Algonquins, they did not make such good allies. The powerful Iroquois, aided first by the Dutch and later by the English, defeated the French and Algonquins alike. Though the Algonquins were defeated, they were never destroyed, and the Algonquin Indian culture lives on in pockets of their once-vast territory.



Algonquin Language
Algonquin language samples and resources.

Algonquin Culture and History
Information and links about the Algonquin Native Americans past and present.

Algonquin Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the Algonquin tribe.

Algonquin Legends
Introduction to Algonquin mythology.


Algonquin Language Resources

Our Online Language Materials

Algonquin Vocabulary:
    List of vocabulary words in the Algonquin language, with comparison to words in other Algonquian languages.
Algonquin Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Algonquin words.
Algonquin Animal Words:
    Picture glossary of animal words in the Algonquin language.
Algonquin Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Algonquin.
Algonquin Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Algonquin language.
Algonquin Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in Algonquin.
Algonquin Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Algonquin language.
Algonquin Animate Nouns:
    Lesson on Algonquin animate and inanimate nouns.
Algonquin Possession:
    Lesson on the use of Algonquin possessive prefixes.

Algonquin Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

You're So Fat!:
    Book of essays about Ojibwe and Algonquin sociolinguistics.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
    Algonquin and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Algonquin or Algonkian?:
    Explaining the difference between the words 'Algonquin' and 'Algonquian'
Learning Algonquin:
    Language lessons from Kitigan Zibi Algonquin Nation (Flash required).
Algonquin First Nation Language Resource:
    Algonquin dictionary from the Golden Lake Algonquin tribe, with audio files.
Algonquin Glossaries:
    English-Algonquin word lists from the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council.
Eagle Village Algonquin Language * Algonquin Audio Samples:
    Audio recordings of Algonquin words and phrases.
Algonquin Calendar:
    Months of the year in Algonquin.

Literature and Texts in Algonquin

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights:
    Dedication in Algonquin Anishinabe and English.
Algonquin Prayers * Language Museum: Algonquin:
    The Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary translated into the Algonquin Indian language.
Children Singing Peace Around the World:
    Algonquin translation of a children's peace song (English version here).
Algonquin Bible:
    New Testament translation into the Algonquin language.

Algonquin Language Preservation and Usage

Fighting to Have Your Language Heard:
    Native American language preservation efforts among the Algonquins, Iroquois, and other Canadian First Nations.
Algonquin/Algonkin:
    Demographic information about Algonkin from the Ethnologue of Languages.

Algonquin Linguistics Research

Spielmann Bibliography:
    Linguist from Pikogan First Nation studying the Ojibway and Algonquin languages.
George Aubin:
    Linguist studying Algonquin and related languages.
Northern Algonquin Language Tree * Algonquin/Algonkin Language Tree:
    Theories about Algonquin's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Algonquin Language Structures:
    Algonquin linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Algonquin Proper Names

Algonkins Placenames:
    North American place names in the Algonkin Indian language.
Native American Names for Pets:
    Fundraiser offering names for dogs and other animals in Native American languages (including Algonquin).

Additional Resources, Links, and References

  Learning Chippewa * Algonquin Revitalization Resources:
  Bibliographies of Ojibwe and Algonquin language learning materials.
  Wikipedia: Algonquin * Britannica: Algonquin Language:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Algonquin language.
  La Lengua Algonquino:
  Article on the Algonquin language in Spanish. With a language map.
  Lĺalgonquin:
  Information about the Algonquin language in French.
  Algonkin Language:
  Algonquin links.
  Algonquin Tribe:
  Algonquin Indian books.



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