There are now two language CD-ROMs - the original "Anishinaabemowin" CD-ROM and our newest CD-ROM "Anishinaabemdaa". Both CDs are Windows compatible, fully interactive and sell for just $39 US or CA. There are hundreds of photos, words and phrases in these language CD-ROMs, along with games, riddles and videos. Please read the descriptions below and order your copy today by contacting Kenny Pheasant at (231) 398-6892 or email Kenny at email@example.com You can also click here to print out an order form and mail in your order.
If you would like information about our original CD-ROM click here or scroll down...
Click on the image of the CD cover to view a one minute preview of "The Loon's Necklace". This is just one of the featured legends on the new "Anishinaabemdaa" cd-rom (actual legend is 4 minutes long on the CD-ROM).
Click on any of the samples below to view screen captures from the new CD-ROM.
Watch a 3 minute language primer video from the CD-ROM:
Large video clip (18 MB) for broadaband connections (cable, ISDN or DSL)
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Smaller video clip (4 MB) for dial-up connections
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Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe nation, is one of the oldest and most historically important Native American languages in North America, but is in danger of becoming extinct if it is not taught to a new generation. In earlier times, the language was passed on orally from a tribe’s elders to its younger members, but in more recent times, this practice has fallen victim to outside influences.
Kenny Neganigwane Pheasant, the producer of this interactive CD-ROM, grew up on the Wikwemikong Reservation in South Bay, Ontario, Canada speaking Anishinaabemowin. As an adult, Kenny’s love of his native language has only intensified, and he has devoted his life to teaching it to others from the elementary to the college level. A few years ago, he applied for and received a grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to fund equipment and programs that would allow him to share his expertise with a greater number of people. Among other things, that grant made it possible for him to produce this new, interactive Anishinaabe language CD-ROM.
A host of other talented people were also involved in the project, among them well-known Native American flutist and composer Charlie Wayne Watson, whose hauntingly beautiful music underscores the visual elements of the CD-ROM; artist Zoey Wood-Salomon, whose traditional woodland style painting graces both the CD-ROM cover and elements of the program itself; Robert Hughes, an animator with credits that include work with Nickelodeon and Fox TV, who used special animation techniques to enhance the learning program; and Jim Sundberg of the award-winning multimedia firm JS Interactive, who was in charge of design, programming and photography.
The CD-ROM, titled simply “Anishinaabemowin,” is priced at $39 US or CA. Combining colorful graphics, videos, music and games, all wrapped up in a user-friendly navigation package, it offers a lively way for people of any age to learn more about the language, history and culture of the Anishinaabe nation. Language instruction is included for beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational levels.
At my son’s Head Start class, they do Odawa and Ojibway language four days a week for about 45 minutes each day. I was at a loss that he was not taking an interest in learning his native language. It was one of the reasons I filled out the card to get the CD-ROM. Since the day I received it and loaded it in my computer, I started sitting down with him and playing the CD-ROM. In less than a week, his teachers contacted me from Head Start and talked about how excited Ryan was about the daily Odawa/Ojibway class. He was taking an active interest in the class and I was thrilled. It was your CD-ROM and how it grabbed his attention. Thank you and LRBOI for the insight to do this project. It is money well spent!
Robert J. Memberto, LRBOI Member #0509
"Anishinaabemowin" is a wonderfully fascinating and useful CD. It's not often that any program can be instructive and entertaining AND aesthetically satisfying in the same package. Using basic words and linguistic structures, the program leads the viewer into an understanding of the world and world-view of those who spoke the language as their native tongue. The video segments are well done and serve as a valuable orientation to the language and rich culture of the tribe. Frankly I was not aware of the tribe and had certainly never heard the language, but I found myself drawn in and wanting to know more. As interesting as it was to an outsider, I know it must be a real treasure for the younger generation of tribal members who want to understand and preserve their heritage.
Director, Educational Assessment & Technology
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The language CD has been an inspiration to our family that there is still hope for our people to bring our language back and keep passing it to our children. It has been something our family has enjoyed and we spend good time together learning.
Megwetch Kenny and all whom has taken part in this exceptional gift.
Monica Cabot, LRBOI Member