Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department

The Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department (GALD) promotes the preservation and revitalization of Anishinaabe language and Anishinaabe culture.  GALD develops Anishinaabemowin publications, learning materials, educational language programs, and language documentation.  GALD assists with translation and consultation services for LTBB tribal entities, LTBB tribal citizens and community, and outer organizations.  GALD is very interested in connecting with Elders, and members who speak our Native language.  Even if it is only a few words, we’d like to hear from you.  We appreciate your input and any Native language you can share with us.  Miigwech, Thank you.

Carla Osawamick, Director
Vacant, Department Assistant

Netawn Kiogima, Instructor

Maryann Endanawas, KAP Instructor

  • Anishinaabemowin Namewin
    A Prayer for the Language
    Audio - Normal Speed

    Slower Speed

  • Very BASIC Anishinaabemowin Vocabulary


  • SoundCloud – All audio clips from past and present Bibezhik Kidwinan and other Language audio projects are uploaded to our SoundCloud account to access at your convenience.
  • LTBB Anishinaabemowin Facebook Group – See what is happening at local language events and view recommendations and links for language related topics on our LTBB Anishinaabemowin Facebook Group page. The LTBB Language Department shares other language flyers for other language events as well as any LTBB Language event. Click on the link to see our page and join our group!!
  • Kinoomaagejik Project - Language Teacher Training - ANA Grant 2015 – 2018
  • Bibezhik Kidwin Learn a Word-a-Day!   Receive an audio clip via email, phone text, etc.  The Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Language Department sends out daily emails of a word or phrase with an mp3 audio clip each work day.  If you would like to be added to the list to receive them, email your request to - Bibezhik Kidwin flyer
  • NPIP Immersion weekends  LTBB is a satellite location for the Nishnaabemwin Pane Immersion Program (NPIP); this language immersion program is for all levels of language learners.  Come and listen to the beautiful, and often whimsical stories told in Anishinaabemowin.  NPIP is an accredited program of Bay Mills Community College.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Gijigowi Anishinaabemowin Department teaches Anishinaabemowin at Harbor Springs High School (HSHS), which is available for visiting students from other school districts to take.  Anishinaabemowin is available at Petoskey High School (PHS) beginning Fall 2014.  These classes are accredited for all students, Native and non-Native, to earn World Languages credit toward graduation requirements.  Students unable to attend the classes at HSHS or PHS may be eligible to be dual-enrolled students and take language classes from the college.  HSHS Flyer & PHS flyer
  • LTBB Mzinigan Aachkinigan: Cultural Library has several Anishinaabe language materials available.
  • North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, Anishinaabemowin Classes          

Links to Anishinaabe Language Websites:

University of Michigan’s ‘Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig:  People Who Speak Anishinaabemowin Today’ comprehensive website with several items, mP3 audio and text pdf, to download for free.  Lessons, Stories, Songs, Student Projects, Resources.

Little River Bands of Ottawa Indians, Anishinaabe Website, Language, Culture, Legends, Games, History, Immersion Video Clips, Anishinaabemowin CD Roms Available.

Barbara Nolan’s Anishinaabe Language Immersion Online Videos.

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission,  Anishinaabe Language Resources Available, some for free, Environmental, Cultural, Historical, Treaty Rights, Gathering, Horticulture, etc.

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, University of Minnesota Interactive Language Site, Western Dialect

Anishinaabemowin Ojibwe Language

Anishinaabemowin Teg, Great Lakes Area Language Organization, Conference, Information,

Wikwemikong Heritage Organization, Anishinaabe Language Learning Resources Available,

Helen Roy’s Anishinaabe Language Site, Language Learning Resources Available.

Four Colours Productions, Language Learning Resources Available.!

Contact Info:
Department Contact Number:
(231) 242-1454

Carla Osawamick
Email -
(231) 242-1454
  Netawn Kiogima
Email -
(231) 242-1456
Maryann Endanawas
Email -
(231) 242-1458



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7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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