Online Ojibwe Language Program


Welcome to our Online Ojibwe Language Program, where anyone can watch our live or archived classes for free. Archived classes can be found below, along with instructions for viewing. UW-Eau Claire offers two years of Ojibwe Language, and a "Certificate of Ojibwe Language." Ojibwe courses can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for a baccalaureate degree. Those who have questions about our program or who wish to take Ojibwe online for college credit should contact our instructor:

Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz

We hope you will join us for our live classes ... and don't worry, we won't be able to see or hear you. But if you'd like to participate, you can chat with us during the class using the Chat feature.

We are not broadcasting over the summer, but please join us for Beginning Ojibwe I this fall: 10:00am-10:50am Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs.  Our first class will be Thursday September 5, 2019.  Our archived classes will remain up all summer, so you can catch up on your Ojibwe!

It's not too late to sign up for Intermediate Ojibwe I (our second year class) This class is completely online so you can take it from anywhere in the world!  Call our BluGold Central Office for tuition details. Tell them you want to take (or audit) a 4 credit undergraduate class titled: LANG 221: Intermediate Ojibwe I. Their number is: 715-836-3000.

If you want to join us for the live classes this fall (see time above):

  1. Write down these instructions
  2. Go to this link for Beginning Ojibwe II: link will appear here once we are broadcasting
  3. Choose "Join Meeting" or "Join As a Guest" (whichever comes up)
  4. Give yourself a First Name only (no email or last name because it will be preserved with our archived video)
  5. If your computer wants to download a "plug in" let it by choosing "download" or "save" and then "run" (you will only have to do this once in a while).  If it asks you if you want it to "Allow" the program to run say "Allow."
  6. Uncheck the boxes beside "send mic and video" but if you forget we will do it for you.
  7. Click Enter Meeting

BOOZHOO! This is an archive of our Beginning Ojibwe I classes from Fall 2018 These links may be deleted in Aug 2019, so download what you want now :-)
These videos should be downloadable.  Let us know if you have problems with this.

Mac Users: Our Archive might not play for you on Safari, so download another web browser, like Firefox OR Chrome! OR just download the clips you want and watch them that way :-)

If you can't hear audio: Download the clips you wish to hear and open them in a VLC Player.

 Fall 2018 Classes:

Week Nitam-anokii-giizhigak Aabitooseg Niiyo-giizhigak Extra Songs
1 Not Avail. Not Avail. Introductions
2 Intros+Numbers+"Ishkode-odaabaan" "Mooka'ang Giizis" "Besh naa pane" Not Avail.
3 Numbers+Aaniin Niijii/Niijikwe "Besh naa pane" Not Avail. "Giin sa Mizhakwad"
4 Numbers+ Ages Conversation + "Giin sa Mizhakwad" "Giin sa Mizhakwad"

"Giin sa Mizhkwad"


"Biizikaman" "Asabikenshiiyens"


Temp, Weather, "Ezhi-giizhigak" Midterm Review
6 Midterm Review Not Avail Not Avail
7 Short Conversations Not Avail Not Avail "Intro Song W/O Clans"
8 Conversations+ "Inzaagi'aa" "Ginbaa na?" + Pres. Practice Not Avail
9 "Gidedenaan"+VII;It Is Verbs Conversations: "it is" + "s/he is" verbs Conversation Review + "Bimishkaayan"
10 VAIs; S/he is Verbs + Family VIIs:It is Verbs; Tenses; "Giishpin Minwendameg" Ojibwe Pres. Protocols
11 VAIs:S/he is Verbs Grammar Not Avail. VAIs + "Maanishtaanishens"
12 Weather, Activities, "Maanishtaanishens" Not Avail. Not Avail.
13 Na vs Ni "Abinoojiins Wewebizod" Manii + Maanishtaanishens Manii + Maanishtaanishens
14 Weather + Tenses "Asabikeshiinyens" + Pres. Presentation Tips

More Pres Tips

15 More Pres Tips

This is an archive of our Beginning Ojibwe II taught Spring 2019.

These are the materials we are using in this class:

  • Dictionary: Peoples Ojibwe Dictionary:
  • Textbook: Gresczyk,Rick. And Margaret Sayers. Ambe Ojibwemodaa Endaayang! Minneapolis: EagleWorks

Mac Users: Our Archive might not play for you on Safari, so use another web browser, like Firefox OR Chrome! OR just download the clips you want and watch them that way :-)

If you can't hear audio: Download the clips you wish to hear and open them in a VLC Player.

Spring 2019 Classes

Nitamanokii-giizhigak Niizho-giizhigak Aabitooseg Niiyo-giizhigak Weeks:
Not Avail. Asking for Help Goon+Na/Ni H/W ex + yaan, yan, d 1
Asking for Help Places + Me to You Places... Asking for things 2
Ina Questions Weather+ Places Weather+it is verbs Weather + Calendar 3
Not Avail. Clothing + Weather Biizikan Biizikaw Clothing, Weather, Colors 4
Not Avail. Not Avail. Not Avail. Grammar: VIIs + VTIs 5
Food+Drink+"or" Gigzhebaa-wiisining talking about meals asking quesitons 6
Short Conversations Forming Sentences Forming Sentences Not Avail. 7
Colors + Review Colors + Review Review Not. Avail. 8
"The One That Is" "The One That Is" Asking for Things Frosting Cookies 9
Presentation Prep. Presentation Prep. Presentation Prep. Presentation Prep. 10
Not Avail. Frosting Cookies Asking for Things Commands 11
Aabaji' vs Aabajitoon Activities in the Language Activity in the Language Activity in the Language 12
Iskigamizigeng Iskigamizigeng "and then...." Pres. Prep. 13
Pres. Prep Review Student Presentations Review 14

Boozhoo! Welcome to our Intermediate Ojibwe I Archive of classes from Fall 2017! For this class we primarily used the following text from Eagle Works: Traveling With Ojibwe: A Phrasebook in the Chippewa Language With Emphasis on the Contemporary. Copies can be purchased from our university bookstore: 715-836-2172

We are offering Intermediate Ojibwe I Fall 2019, but because it is an online course this time (rather than a broadcasted course) students must officially enroll and pay tuition.  Contact us if you are interested.

All of these classes should be downloadable. If you have any problems downloading them, please contact us:

Fall 2017 Classes:

Nitam-anokii-giizhigak Niizho-giizhigak Aabitooseg Niiyo-giizhigak Week
Moons, Seasons, VTAs Weeks + Weather, VIIs VIIs + VTAs VTAs: You + Me 2
Mezinaatesegin + VTIs (an) Mezinaatesegin + VIIs Mezinaatesegin + VAIs Mezinaatesegin + Presenting 3
Gichigamiin Gichigamiin Gichigamiin + nawaj Giving Directions 4
Maa'ishkamong Maa'ishkamong Adaaweng VTAs 5
Not Available Not Available Ataageng Zhooniyaa-wataageng 7
Midterm Review Midterm Review Midterm Review Not Available 8
Wiisining Okosimaani-giizhigad Enideg Epogwak 9
4th Person/ "The other(s)" 4th Thing Not Available 4th Person/ "The other(s)" 10
4th Person/ "The other(s)" Ezhipogwak Not Available Presentation Practice 11
Presentation Prep Student Presentations Not Available Not Available 12
Biindigebii'igeng Rudolph Biindigebii'igeng + Rudolph VTIs + Rudolph 13
Mazina'igan-adaawewigamig Not Available Mazina'igan-adaawewigamig Review 14
Working on Skits Christmas Carols Review  End of Semester 15


This is an archive or our Intermediate Ojibwe II class from Spring 2018.

Our textbook for this semester was: Chi-mewinzha: Ojibwe Stories From Leech Lake By: Dorothy Whipple (U of MN Press)

Spring 2018 Classes:

 Nitam-anokii-giizhigak  Niizho-giizhigak  Aabitooseg  Niiyo-giizhigak  Week
   VTAs + Praying  VTAs: Do it to him verbs  Fluent Speech 1
 Asemaa + "The Other" Asemaa  Not Available  Not Available
 Asemaa + VTAs  Asemaa + VTA sentences  Asemaa + Baawitigoon  Ways to talk about Asemaa
 Asemaa: Wiindaawasong Asemaa  Asemaa + Animikiig  Asemaa + Animikiig
 Not Available  Not Available  Asemaa + Niimi'idiing  Asemaa + Speech Prep
 Mezinaashiikweban dibaajimo  Asemaa + Oratory  Switching from niin to wiin  Conjugations + Pronunciation
Presenting Teachings Ojibwe Oratory Putting speech together

Student Presentations

Seasons Seasons Seasons+ summarizing Text

Summarizing Text

Seasons 2 Seasons+ Listening wiin, wiinawaa, "the other"

Manoomin+ Animikiig

Seasons + Bagidawaang + Teaching Teaching short lessons in Ojibwe Seasons + Teaching

Seasons + Teaching:

Not Avail. Gaazagaswaajimekaag+ Teaching Gaazagaswaajimekaag+ Teaching

Gaazagaswaajimekaag+ Teaching

“Makwa Ingii-pimaaji’ig” “Chi-ozagaswaajime”+ Retelling a story: Working with fluent speakers

Not Avail.

“Makwa Ingii-pimaaji’ig” Asabikeshiinh-bawaajigeyaabiin Asabikeshiinh-bawaajigeyaabiin

Not Avail.

Not Avail. Student Teaching Demo: Feeling Terms: Student Teaching Demo: Painting

Student Teaching Demo: UNO



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