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Disney/Lucasfilm, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, and University of Manitoba Join Forces to Bring Star Wars: A New Hope to the Ojibwe Language

In a groundbreaking collaboration that promises to bring the Star Wars saga to new audiences, Disney/Lucasfilm has teamed up with the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council and the University of Manitoba to produce an official Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) version of the iconic film, Star Wars: A New Hope. This significant endeavor aims to not only preserve and revitalize the endangered Ojibwe language but also introduce the timeless story of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance to a wider Indigenous community.

A Cultural Bridge Across Language and Distance

The project will involve script translation, auditions for Anishinaabemowin voice actors, and sound recording, all taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Sound mixing and post-production will be handled at Skywalker Sound in California, ensuring the highest quality audio production. This cross-border collaboration brings together diverse talents and expertise, fostering cultural exchange and showcasing the rich linguistic heritage of Indigenous communities.

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Gi-ga-miinigoowiz Mamaandaawiziwin: A New Journey Begins

To honor the rich history and traditions of the Ojibwe language, the team will incorporate cultural nuances and linguistic adaptations into the translation of the Star Wars script. This ensures that the essence of the original story remains intact while seamlessly integrating the Ojibwe language, creating a truly immersive experience for Indigenous audiences.

Aspiring Voice Actors: Your Star Wars Audition Awaits

If you are a passionate Anishinaabemowin speaker with a love for storytelling, this is your chance to be a part of this historic project. Auditions are open to individuals of all ages and experience levels, with the opportunity to lend your voice to iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia.

To register for auditions and learn more about the project, please visit StarWarsOjibwe.com

Embrace the Force of Language Preservation and Cultural Connection

This collaboration between Disney/Lucasfilm, the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, and the University of Manitoba marks a pivotal moment in language preservation and cultural revitalization. By bringing Star Wars to the Ojibwe language, the project will not only introduce a beloved story to new audiences but also inspire future generations to embrace and celebrate their linguistic heritage.

Let the Force be with you as we embark on this exciting journey to bridge the gap between cultures and languages through the power of storytelling. Gi-ga-miinigoowiz Mamaandaawiziwin!

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