Juji'jk: Mi'kmaw Insects
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more