Southwestern Ojibwa


  • Language: Southwestern Ojibwa
  • Alternate names: Ojibwe (Minnesota), Ojibwa, Ojibway, Ojibwe, Chippeway, Chippewa, Chipewa, Chipeway, Anishinabe
  • Language code: ciw
  • Language family: Algic, Algonquian-Blackfoot, Algonquian, Eastern Great Lakes Algonquian, Ojibwa-Potawatomi, Ojibwa, Nuclear Ojibwe, Central-Eastern-Southwestern Ojibwa
  • Number of speakers: 5000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
  • Script: Latin script. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script, no longer in use.

More information:

    Ojibwayan is a dialect complex, varieties of which are spoken in a large number of communities in the north-central United States, and in Canada from Alberta to Quebec. At least 7 regional dialects or emergent languages can be distinguished: Severn Ojibwe, Northern Algonquin, Saulteaux, Central Southern Ojibwe (Anishinaabemowin), Eastern Ojibwe (including Southern Algonquin), Ottawa (Odawa), and Old Algonquin. The first two are classified as Northern Ojibwe, and the rest as Southern Ojibwe.Ethnologue has Chippewa (Southwestern Ojibwa). For others, Central Southern Ojibwa is an emergent language of the Ojibwayan dialect complex. Different groups refer to themselves and their language as Ojibwe, Ojibway, Chippewa, Chippeway, and Anishinabe, but local varieties do not differ substantially.