MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota’s Department of American Indian Studies is launching a new online Ojibwe People’s Dictionary.
College of Liberal Arts dean James Parente, Jr., says the dictionary sets a standard for how indigenous languages will be preserved in the future.READ MORE: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary is an expansion of a printed dictionary. While the printed book contains 7,000 words, the new website has 30,000 and is growing.
The dictionary is being celebrated at a launch party from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the McNamara Alumni Center. Ojibwe elders who contributed to the project will attend.READ MORE: Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
Officials say the dictionary provides words, context and pictures, as well as audio clips. Like other indigenous languages, Ojibwe has been in decline in recent years.
The dictionary can be found at: http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/.MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
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