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Graphic artist turns talent towards sharing Algonquin language

Jay Odjick is sharing illustrations with Algonquin words on Twitter to help revitalize the language

Originally from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, Jay Odjick is known for creating the Indigenous superhero Kagagi, which began as a graphic novel and is now a successful animated television series that airs across North America in both English and Algonquin.

Odjick's Twitter-based Algonquin "Word of the Day" initiative involves drawing images of simple Algonquin words from A to Z.

Languages on social media

Odjick isn't alone in using social media to spark interest in Indigenous languages.

Trent University professor Neal McLeod recently used Facebook to crowdsource Cree words for things like Star Wars and Nirvana lyrics, resulting in the book 100 Days of Cree, which he co-authored with Arok Wolvengrey.

Full story by Tim Fontaine here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/jay-odjick-twitter-algonquin-words-1.3989152

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