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I am looking for the Chipewa alphabet

Q: To whom it may concern: I am wanting to have a portrait done for my husband who is half Chippewa, and would like to have his name put on it in Chippewa writing, but cannot find an alphabet to use. if you could help me with this I would be very grateful.

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A: Unfortunately, there has never been a separate Chippewa alphabet (the English alphabet is used for writing modern Chippewa). There's an old Chippewa syllabary, though, which is sometimes still used especially in Canada. You can see it on this page: The characters are written from left to right: use one large character per syllable, and one small character for each ending sound.

Hope that helps!
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