Glossary of Terms

Different Ways of Telling Time
Mealtime = the time it takes to sit down and eat a mealegg roast = the time it takes to roast an egg by the fire
Sun = day
Moon = month
Quarter moon = about a week
Turn of the seasons = one year
Green season = time of year where the leaves and plants are growing and green
White season = time of year when the earth is covered in snow

Ojibwe Terms
You may see different spellings in different places. The Ojibwe language is not really a written language, and there have been different attempts to standardize spellings over the years. The essence of the language we would like to capture is its reflection of the Ojibwe culture–their relationship with the land and each other.

Aaniin = hello, greetings
Gigawaabamin = “you will be seen by me” or, see you (good-bye)
Miigwech = “it is enough” or, thank you

Plant and Animal Names
Zhingob = Balsam Fir
Giizhik = Cedar
Zhigaagawanzhiig = Leeks
Amik = Beaver
Gaag  = Porcupine
Waabooz = Snowshoe Hare
Ajidamoo = Squirrel
Agongos = Chipmunk

Naad’mad’iwining = “The place where they help each other,” otherwise known as “Support Camp.” This is where guides and other support staff live, and where Seekers come in for their Dead Moon visits once a moon.
Nishnaajida = Camp Where the Old Way Returns, where Seekers live