Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Strawberry (ode’imin)

The garden strawberry (or simply strawberryFragaria × ananassa)[1] is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberries, which are cultivated worldwide for their fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as jam, juice, piesice creammilkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also widely used in products such as candy, soap, lip gloss, perfume, and many others.


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The Anishinaabe people gathered among other tribes in the central area along the North Saskatchewan River. O-day’min means strawberry in Anishinaabe. It is a traditional medicine that guided the Anishinaabe’s understanding of the deep connection between mind, body, spirit and emotions.

Elders used O-day’min, the seeds of which are on the outside, not hidden on the inside, to share teachings about vulnerability. O-day’min teaches about creation, community and love. It reminds us to love as an active experience—one that involves commitment, compassion and caring.


Related Words


ode’imin ni a strawberry

strawberry sauce or jam

ode’imini-baashkiminasigan ni strawberry sauce or jam

pick strawberries

ode’iminike vai s/he picks strawberries, processes strawberries

process strawberries

ode’iminike vai s/he picks strawberries, processes strawberries