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Ojebway Language:

A Manual for missionaries
and others employed among the Ojebway Indians
by Edward F. Wilson, 1874

 

Part II. Dialogs and Exercises.

To Make a Speech.

Gentlemen and Ladies, I offer you greeting.

Nekahnesedoog kuhya nindenuhwamahdoog keduhnuhmekoonenim.

I have a very important matter to lay before you.

Keche ahpeetandahgwud ewh wahenenuhgoog.

Young men, I address you.

Kenuhwah washkenuhwaweyag keweguhnoonenenim.

You too, children, listen to what I have to say.

Kenuhwah kuhya ahbenoojeewedoog pezindumook ewh wahenenuhgoog.

I am going to tell you about the old country.

Keweweenduhmoonenim suh anuhkummeguk ewede keche-uhgahming.

I am going to tell you how it used to be with the Indians long ago.

Keweweenduh-moonenim suh azhewabezewahgobunan egewh uhnishenahbag maweshuh.

I come as a stranger among you.

Ke-pe-muhyuggishkoonini suh.

Is it not well that your children should be taught as white children?

Kahnuhween tah-onesheshinsenoon che-kekenouhmahgoozewahpun kenejahnesewaug tebishko wuh-yahbishkewajig onejahnesewaun?

Parents, have you no care for your children?

Wanejahneseyag kah nuh kepahbahmanemahsewaug kenejahnesewaug?

How will it be with them when they grow up, if they are not taught while young?

Ahheen ka-ezhewabezewaud uhpe-netahwegewaud kishpin kekenouhmahgoozesigwah magwah ahbenoojeewewaud?

And now in drawing to a close let me say -.

Ahzhe dush kagah we-ishquahtahyaun mahnoo ningah ekid -.

Especially let this be impressed upon you.

Mahnoo suh maunduh minjemanduhmook maminduhga.

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