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Languages at UW-Madison


Ojibwe is both historically and presently one of the most prominent of the hundreds of aboriginal languages of North America. It is spoken throughout the Great Lakes region of the U.S., including in 6 First Nations communities in Wisconsin, and over a vast region of Canada. It is a language deeply-rooted in the Great Lakes, with rich traditions intimately tied to our environment, such as wild ricing, maple sugaring, canoe-making, and incomparable knowledge of regional plants and animals. Its oral traditional literature is famous for its artfulness and insight.

Majors & Certificates 

American Indian Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Rand Valentine,

Language Conversation Table 

Fridays at 3pm 
American Indian Student & Cultural Center (AISCC)
215 North Brooks Street 


Student Organizations 

Wunksheek; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Ojibwe, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.