Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding experience of how language forms what makes us human. Some memories and realities, he has found, can only be carried forward in time by Ojibwe.
is an Objibwe writer, translator, and professor at the University of Southern California. His books include the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr Appelles, Prudence, and a book of criticism, Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual. He divides his time between his home on Leech Lake Reservation and Minneapolis.