John Paul Montano
~”[Some]one Who Is Reconstructing The Sacred Stories”
I’m deeply grateful for being able to help you accurately reconstruct your sacred stories in your Biigtigong dialect of Nishnaabemwin. Over the last 13 years, I have been fortunate to have learned so much from your elders about what it means to be, and to exist today in this world as, a Nishnaabe person. These last four years in particular, however, listening to your elders tell your sacred stories in your Biigtigong dialect, and hearing them share insights about your sacred stories, have been an especially joyful and eye-opening learning experience for me.
I am thankful, too, for my having been, over many years, able to listen to some of the sacred stories of other communities in other languages and in other dialects, particularly in my own Potawatomi dialect of Nishnaabemwin.
Being able to speak your Biigtigong dialect is still very new for me. Perhaps many of us are aware of, or have personally experienced, situations where seemingly small differences in dialect have greatly altered the intended message being communicated from one dialect to another. So, it is with great caution, and attention to the specifics of your Biigtigong dialect, that I intend to help you reconstruct your most sacred of stories, your aadsookaanan.
More about John Paul Montano:
- Verb Charts: After Two-and-a-half Years
- (Video – 1 hr 43 min.) Honouring Our Verb Chart Contributors
- John Paul Montano – Co-director of Dialect Revitalization
- Star Maps and Our Journey to the Heart: Reconstructing Our Biigtigong Verb Paradigms
- John Paul Montano – Present-day Speaker
- John Paul Montano – Audio Recordings
- Reclaiming Our Sacred Stories