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Juji'jk: Mi'kmaw Insects

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  3 reviews

The English language is noun-based, referring to people, places, and things. Juji'jk, an illustrated bilingual guide to bugs and insects in Atlantic Canada, showcases the beautiful verb-based Mi'kmaw language. Featuring vibrant artwork and concise, fascinating descriptions, Juji'jk will have you searching out "the one that looks like a little owl" (moth) and "the one that

Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 31st 2019 by Nimbus Publishing
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La Coccinelle
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh, dear. What a disappointment this one was! It's such a shame when books like this aren't of great quality. The goal of promoting and preserving these languages is laudable. But when a non-fiction picture book is so chaotic, confusing, and unpleasant to look at, it kind of works against itself.

This is presumably for children, and yet it starts off with a wordy note explaining that, while English is a noun-based language, Mi'kmaw is a verb-based language. It then goes on to say that, if a Mi'km
This is such a cool picture book, which names of insects that are so much more descriptive than we have in English.

A housefly, for example, is a Wije’s which means “The one that follows you”

A dragonfly is a Sa’Qitie’j which means “The one that pushes through, as in an awl using through leather.

And a ladybug is a Puktewit which means “Little red ball of fire in the sky”

My all time favorite is Klmuej, the word for mosquito which is “The one that sings to you before she bites you”.

What a wonderful
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excessively niche book – but that doesn't stop it from doing what it wants to. In the Mi'kmaw language, everything is named somehow for how they behave, what colour they have, or what sounds they make. Their names for things like insects, then, can have many derivations, so a woodlouse almost gets the same name as the beaver, for they are both things that eat trees. A ladybird has the same name as a meteorite, for both are 'little red balls of fire in the sky'. This doesn't go further than ad ...more
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