Margaret Noodin

“Gikendaan Gikendamaazoo Learning to Sense,” a poem

Margaret Noodin received an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves as director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and a scholar in the Center for Water Policy. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and two bilingual collections of poetry, Weweni and Gijigijigikendan: What the Chickadee Knows. Her poems are also anthologized in New Poets of Native Nations, Poetry, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, and Yellow Medicine Review. Her research spans linguistic revitalization, indigenous ontologies, traditional science and prevention of violence in indigenous communities. Noodin and other students and speakers of Ojibwe have created an online space for the language to be shared by academics and the Native community.


1.Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature (Michigan State University Press, 2014)

2.What the Chickadee Knows (Wayne State University Press, 2020)

3.Weweni (Wayne State University Press, 2015)

Resources Co-founded by Margaret Noodin, this website preserves Anishinaabemowin through lessons, stories, songs etc.