A compelling new film documenting efforts to preserve and revitalize the Ojibwe language aired on Twin Cities Public Television for the first time this week. In First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language filmmakers Dianne Steinbach and John Whitehead rely on the narratives of elders, scholars, writers, historians and teachers in addition to showcasing two Ojibwe language immersion schools to present the viewer with a picture of the vital language preservation work being done by the Ojibwe community.
A crowd of about 60 enthusiastic viewers including a number of Ojibwe elders and tribe members attended a screening of the film several days before its Public Television debut. Twin Cities Public Television has made the documentary available for all to view on their website. They have also included links to language resources as well as information on the speakers and the schools featured in the film. For additional coverage of the film see Twin Cities Daily Planet’s October 31st article.