Reimagining the Role of ‘Janitor’


Reimagined role-name in Biigtigong’s dialect of Nishnaabemwin:

  • Gaa-biinchiged


Gaa-biinchiged ~ Janitor


Morphemes (building blocks of each word):

  • Gaa-…d ~ “someone who…”
  • biin ~ “clean”
  • chige ~ “someone acts (on an unspecified object)”


A translation of the morphemes:

  • someone-who-cleans-things


A plainer, more free-form English translation:

  • janitor


A formal-English translation:

  • Janitor



How to cite this publication:

Montano, J. P., & Michano, A. R. “Reimagining Health Centre Roles in Biigtigong Nishnaabemwin” Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, 14 Jul 2017. Web.