Non-Profit Group Partners with Tribes to Customize Language Tools

Did your ancestors speak Ojibwe but you don’t know how to? Would you like to learn? Last year, the non-profit organization Grassroots Indigenous Media (GIM) released cutting-edge software that teaches the Ojibwe language. The software, which was developed through a partnership with Transparent Language, is both user-friendly and affordable enough to offer a viable option for potential Ojibwe speakers.

As school teachers, GIM co-founders Mary Hermes and Kevin Roach know the importance of catching and keeping the attention of language learners. The software they designed, entitled Ojibwemodda, uses video conversations and interactive word games to draw the learner in. Recordings of Native speakers help users polish their pronunciation, while grammar tutorials provide an armature around which to structure their learning.

Hermes envisions GIM as a facilitator in helping tribes take control of every aspect of their own language reclamation process. GIM is currently working with the Menomonee of Wisconsin to develop customized language learning tools and is actively pursuing relationships with other tribes as well. As word about their services spreads and demand rises, the non-profit is hoping to move from a grant-based system to a more self-sustaining one.

To learn about Ojibwemodda or to get information about GIM’s language consulting services, you can contact GIM through their website here.

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