fbpx
facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1
 

The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council (DOTC). based in Manitoba, Canada and the University of Manitoba announced last Monday that they have an alliance with Disney/Lucasfilm to create an official Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) version of Star Wars: A New Hope.

The popular Star Wars already has had a Navajo version since 2013. When combined, Ojibwe people living in both the United States and Canada, the constiitute the third largest group in both countries. The largest tribal groups are the Navajo and the Cherokee. Anishinaabemowin is the third most spoken language across the Indigenous people in North America. 

The idea to have Stars Wars done in Anishinaabemowin came from Dougald Lamont, former Member of the Legislative Assembly for St. Boniface, who reached out in 2021 to Pablo Hidalgo, a former Winnipegger and Lucasfilm executive, to see whether it would be possible to get Star Wars officially translated into Anishinaabemowin.

Enjoying Native News Coverage?
NNO Logo Make A Donation Here

“I thought if Star Wars could be translated into Navajo, they might be interested in doing another language as well,” said Dougald Lamont. “And while I’ve never met Pablo Hidalgo, Winnipeg being Winnipeg, we have several friends in common, so I e-mailed him. A couple of weeks later, I got an e-mail back from Michael Kohn. I was over the moon – over two moons! I immediately reached out to another friend and Star Wars fan, Maeengan Linklater at DOTC, and that got the ball rolling.” 

Script translation, auditions for Anishinaabemowin voice actors and sound recording will take place in Winnipeg, with sound mixing and post-production scheduled to occur at Skywalker Sound in California. Plans are to have a Winnipeg premiere as well as showings at theatres across Canada and the intent is for this version of the film to air on APTN. Further details and timelines will be announced as the project progresses. 

More Stories Like This

Q&A: Indigenous Actor Joel Montgrand on Season Two of Hit Podcast 'Actors & Ancestors'
Chickasaw Writer Pens First Romantic Comedy 
Here's What's Going in Indian Country, May June 7th — June 13th
Disney+ to Release 2012 Blockbuster 'Avengers' Dubbed in Lakota
Q&A: First Nations Artist Terrance Houle on Honoring Late Mother with Newest Work

Join us in celebrating 100 years of Native citizenship. On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting Native Americans US citizenship, a pivotal moment in their quest for equality. This year marks its centennial, inspiring our special project, "Heritage Unbound: Native American Citizenship at 100," celebrating their journey with stories of resilience, struggle, and triumph. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive.

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].