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An Algonkian Dictionary in the Ottawa Language
by Louis André

This work was created by Father Louis André, s.j. (1631-1715), who was part of a mission to the Ottawa people in Sault St. Marie. The Ottawa were part of the Algonquian linguistic group and lived in what is today northern Michigan. The Ottawa were the first group from a remote area to encounter the French who had come to New France. As a result, the French designated the entire region of the upper Great Lakes as the “Outaouais”, regardless of the presence of other First Nations groups in the area.

This dictionary gathers thousands of terms and expressions from the Ottawa language, and provides insight into the Ottawa way of life in the last part of the 17th century.

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