“Being a fluent speaker of English and Saulteaux, I have to say that I view the world in two different ways. I have two different attitudes and even two different personalities, depending on which language I use…English offers me one way to order information and cope with reality, one set of attitudes and behavioral styles, and Saulteaux offers me a different way. When I switch languages, I also move from one constellation of attitudes and thought patterns to another.”
This passage was written by Margaret Cote, a member of the Saulteaux people, who are part of the larger Ojibwa or Chippewa Native American tribe.
Questions to Ponder: How does language shape cultural attitudes, traits, and customs? How does language shape a speakers world view and personality? How does language influence how a speaker may feel about place?