Anishinaabemowin of the Day – 5.9.2016

“Tree” (general word)

  and

“Lake”

 

Phrase One

Mitig      “Tree”

Pronunciations:

mih-TIG

Linguistics:

Mih – Refers to the Universe

Tig – Refers to all Life

Because a tree is rooted to the Earth and to the Water below, as reaches up into the sky (rooted upwards to the Air, Sunlight, Rain, and many other forms of life), it truly is connected to all life in the universe.

 

Phrase Two

Zaaga’igan – “Lake”

Pronunciations:

zaah-GUH ‘ ih-GUN

Linguistics:

Zaag refers to something emerging and moving out, just like the lakes appear to when the waves are coming in.