Since Europeans landed in North America, the 500 native languages once spoken here have diminished to 150. Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, will appear in a Zoom presentation at 10 am, Wednesday, July 21, in what is billed as a “manifesto, a rumination, and a rallying cry for the preservation of priceless languages and cultures.”
Treuer has been a leader in the effort to revitalize Ojibwe. Expect him to discuss the relationship between language and culture, the problems of language loss, and strategies to prevent the further disappearance of native tongues. He will describe his sometimes hilarious struggle to learn Ojibwe as an adult. And he will outline the success of an Ojibwe language program at Lac Courte Oreilles, where a hundred children now speak Ojibwe as their first language.