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Title Notes for a grammar of the Chippewa language [manuscript]: [1842-1866]
Author Wheeler, Leonard Hemenway (1811-1872)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Ojibwa (Chippewa) grammar notes and vocabulary lists compiled by Leonard Hemenway Wheeler between 1842 and 1866, while serving as a missionary to the Chippewa Indians in Odanah, Wisconsin. The first three mss., which Pilling collectively calls "Essay towards a grammar of the Ojibway language," contain notes on Ojibwa verb forms and examples of conjugations. The fourth ms. is an untitled fragment of a vocabulary list, with English words and phrases and their Ojibwa equivalents arranged on facing pages. Headings for some of the sections in the list include days of the week, months of the year, kinds of houses, building materials, and school house furnishings. The last ms., entitled "Words from the Peep of Day," is an Ojibwa-English vocabulary arranged in parallel columns on each page, containing the Ojibwa translations of English words and phrases taken from Favell Lee Mortimer’s Peep of Day, a 19th-century children’s book of Christian religious instruction. Vocabulary is grouped under headings such as "Father’s care," "Good angels," "The temptation," "The first miracle," "Daughter of Jairus," "The loaves and fishes," "Bad angels," "The creation," "Adam and Eve," "The Son of God," "Mother of Jesus," "The shepherds," and "The Wise Men."
Places Odanah, Wisconsin, United States
Keywords essay, language, linguistics, vocabulary, culture, cultural assimilation, missionary, Christianity, education, religion, literature
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Language Ojibwa
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1526
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue