Waadookodaading: The Ojibwe Language Immersion School


By Finn Ryan | March 8, 2019

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  • Drilling a maple tree to make sugar. (Courtesy of The Ways & Wisconsin Public Television)

Drilling a maple tree to make sugar at Waadookodaading. (Courtesy of The Ways & Wisconsin Public Television)

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The Ojibwe language was nearly lost due to forced assimilation through federally-run boarding schools and policies. Today, communities around the central Great Lakes are working to revitalize language and culture. To keep Ojibwemowin flourishing, Keller Paap of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Brooke Ammann of the St. Croix Chippewa teach children at Waadookodaading, an Ojibwe Language Institute.

This story is a part of The Ways, a project of Wisconsin Public Television Education. Follow the link to find a video of this story and see the children making (and enjoying!) maple sugar.

Finn Ryan

Finn Ryan is an independent producer and director. His work can be viewed at finnryan.com.
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