Language Bowl

A spelling bee is a contest where participants must correctly spell words. Widespread throughout the English-speaking world because of the difficult nature of English spelling, the spelling bee is a great way to draw attention to the importance of spelling and provides a motivation to students to learn spelling.

Since at least 2007, the Minnesota Indian Education Association has been holding “quiz bowls” to encourage high school students to learn Ojibwe (oji). To continue this motivation at the university level, the Fifth Ojibwe Language Quiz Bowl was held this past week at Augsburg College.

This post was inspired by and based on “A Friendly Competition in Ojibwemowin.”

Update: Nixyaawii Community High School evidently has a language bowl coming up on April 27 (the link is for last year). It appears the language used is Umatilla (uma).

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