Infobox Ethnic group

Crest of the Ojibwa people
popplace=United States, Canada
rels=Catholicism, Methodism, Midewiwin
langs=English, Ojibwe
related=Ottawa, Potawatomi and other Algonquian peoples

The Ojibwa or Chippewa (also Ojibwe, Ojibway, Chippeway) is the largest group of Native Americans-First Nations north of Mexico, including Métis. They are the third largest in the United States, surpassed only by Cherokee and Navajo. They are equally divided between the United States and Canada. Because they were formerly located mainly around Sault Ste. Marie, at the outlet of Lake Superior, the French referred to them as Saulteurs. Ojibwa who subsequently moved to the prairie provinces of Canada have retained the name Saulteaux. Ojibwa who were originally located about the Mississagi River and made their way to southern Ontario are known as the Mississaugas.

As a major component group of the Anishinaabe peoples—which includes the Algonquin, Nipissing, Oji-Cree, Odawa and the Potawatomi—the Ojibwe peoples number over 100,000 in the U.S., living in an area stretching across the north from Michigan to Montana. Another 76,000, in 125 bands, live in Canada, stretching from western Québec to eastern British Columbia. They are known for their birch bark canoes, sacred birch bark scrolls, the use of cowrie shells, wild rice, copper points, and for their use of gun technology from the British to defeat and push back the Dakota nation of the Sioux (1745). The Ojibwe Nation was the first to set the agenda for signing more detailed treaties with Canada's leaders before many settlers were allowed too far west. The Midewiwin Society is well respected as the keeper of detailed and complex scrolls of events, history, songs, maps, memories, stories, geometry, and mathematics. [http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/history/mncultures/anishinabe.html]


The autonym for this group of Anishinaabeg is "Ojibwe" (plural: "Ojibweg"). This name is commonly anglicized as "Ojibwa." The name "Chippewa" is an anglicized corruption of "Ojibwa." Although many variations exist in literature, "Chippewa" is more common in the United States and "Ojibwa" predominates in Canada, but both terms do exist in both countries. The exact meaning of the name "Ojibwe" is not known; the most common explanations on the name derivations are:
* from "ojiibwabwe" (/o/ + /jiibw/ + /abwe/), meaning "those who cook oast until it puckers", referring to their fire-curing of moccasin seams to make them water-proof [ [http://www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/DaffernMultilingualDictionary.pdf Multilingual Dictionary for Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation and Education] ] , though some sources instead say this was a method of torture the Ojibwe implemented upon their enemies. [Warren, William W. (1885; reprint: 1984) "History of the Ojibway People". ISBN 087351162X.]
* from "ozhibii'iwe" (/o/ + /zhibii'/ + /iwe/), meaning "those who keep records [of a Vision] ", referring to their form of pictorial writing, and pictographs used in Midewiwin rites [ [http://www.ereader.com/product/book/excerpt/23450?book=Books_and_Islands_in_Ojibwe_Country L. Erdrich, "Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country" (2003)] ]
* from "ojiibwe" (/o/ + /jiib/ + /we/), meaning "those who speak-stiffly""those who stammer", referring to how the Ojibwe sounded to the Cree [Johnston, Basil. (2007) "Anishinaubae Thesaurus" ISBN-10: 0870137530]

However, in many Ojibwa communities throughout Canada and the U.S., the more generalized name "Anishinaabe(-g)" is becoming more common.


The Ojibwe language is known as "Anishinaabemowin" or "Ojibwemowin", and is still widely spoken. The language belongs to the Algonquian linguistic group, and is descended from Proto-Algonquian. Tts sister languages include Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Cree, Fox, Menominee, Potawatomi, and Shawnee. "Anishinaabemowin" is frequently referred to as a "Central Algonquian" language; however, Central Algonquian is an areal grouping rather than a genetic one. "Ojibwemowin" is the fourth most spoken Native language in North America (after Navajo, Cree, and Inuktitut). Many decades of fur trading with the French established the language as one of the key trade languages of the Great Lakes and the northern Great Plains.

The Ojibwe presence was made highly visible among non-Native Americans and around the world by the popularity of the epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha", written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1855. The epic contains many toponyms that originate from Ojibwa words.



According to their tradition, and from recordings in birch bark scrolls, many Ojibwe came from the eastern areas of North America, or Turtle Island, and from along the east coast. They traded widely across the continent for thousands of years and knew of the canoe routes west and a land route to the west coast. According to the oral history, seven great "miigis" (radiant/iridescent) beings appeared to the peoples in the "Waabanakiing" (Land of the Dawn, i.e. Eastern Land) to teach the peoples of the "mide" way of life. However, one of the seven great "miigis" beings was too spiritually powerful and killed the peoples in the "Waabanakiing" when the people were in its presence. The six great "miigis" beings remained to teach while the one returned into the ocean. The six great "miigis" beings then established "doodem" (clans) for the peoples in the east. Of these "doodem", the five original Anishinaabe "doodem" were the "Wawaazisii" (Bullhead), "Baswenaazhi" (Echo-maker, i.e., Crane), "Aan'aawenh" (Pintail Duck), "Nooke" (Tender, i.e., Bear) and "Moozoonsii" (Little Moose), then these six "miigis" beings returned into the ocean as well. If the seventh "miigis" being stayed, it would have established the Thunderbird "doodem".

At a later time, one of these "miigis" beings appeared in a vision to relate a prophecy. The prophecy stated that if more of the Anishinaabeg did not move further west, they would not be able to keep their traditional ways alive because of the many new settlements and European immigrants that would arrive soon in the east. Their migration path would be symbolized by a series of smaller Turtle Islands, which was confirmed with "miigis" shells (i.e., cowry shells). After receiving assurance from the their "Allied Brothers" (i.e., Mi'kmaq) and "Father" (i.e., Abnaki) of their safety in having many more of the Anishinaabeg move inland, they advanced along the St. Lawrence River to the Ottawa River to Lake Nipissing, and then to the Great Lakes. First of these smaller Turtle Islands was "Mooniyaa", which "Mooniyaang" (Montreal, Quebec) now stands. The "second stopping place" was in the vicinity of the "Wayaanag-gakaabikaa" (Concave Waterfalls, i.e. Niagara Falls). At their "third stopping place" near the present-day city of Detroit, Michigan, the Anishinaabeg divided into six divisions, of which the Ojibwa was one of these six. The first significant new Ojibwa culture-centre was their "fourth stopping place" on "Manidoo Minising" (Manitoulin Island). Their first new political-centre was referred as their "fifth stopping place", in their present country at "Baawiting" (Sault Ste. Marie).

Continuing their westward expansion, the Ojibwa divided into the "northern branch" following the north shore of Lake Superior, and "southern branch" following the south shore of the same lake. In their expansion westward, the "northern branch" divided into a "westerly group" and a "southerly group". The "southern branch" and the "southerly group" of the "northern branch" came together at their "sixth stopping place" on Spirit Island (coord|46|41|15|N|092|11|21|W|region:US) located in the St. Louis River estuary of Duluth/Superior region where the people were directed by the "miigis" being in a vision to go to the "place where there is food (i.e. wild rice) upon the waters." Their second major settlement, referred as their "seventh stopping place", was at Shaugawaumikong (or "Zhaagawaamikong", French, "Chequamegon") on the southern shore of Lake Superior, near the present La Pointe near Bayfield, Wisconsin. The "westerly group" of the "northern branch" continued their westward expansion along the Rainy River, Red River of the North, and across the northern Great Plains until reaching the Pacific Northwest. Along their migration to the west they came across many "miigis", or cowry shells, as told in the prophecy.

Post-contact with Europeans

The first historical mention of the Ojibwe occurs in the Jesuit Relation of 1640. Through their friendship with the French traders, they were able to obtain guns and thus successfully end their hereditary wars with the Sioux and Fox on their west and south. The Sioux were driven out from the Upper Mississippi region, and the Fox were forced down from northern Wisconsin and compelled to ally with the Sauk. By the end of the 18th century, the Ojibwa were the nearly unchallenged owners of almost all of present-day Michigan, northern Wisconsin, and Minnesota, including most of the Red River area, together with the entire northern shores of Lakes Huron and Superior on the Canadian side and extending westward to the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, where they became known as the Plains Ojibwa or Saulteaux.

The Ojibwa were part of a long term alliance with the Ottawa and Potawatomi peoples, called the Council of Three Fires and which fought with the Iroquois Confederacy and the Sioux. The Ojibwa expanded eastward, taking over the lands alongside the eastern shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The Ojibwa allied with the French in the French and Indian War, and with the British in the War of 1812.

In the U.S., the government attempted to remove all the Ojibwa to Minnesota west of Mississippi River, culminating in the Sandy Lake Tragedy and several hundred deaths. Through the efforts of Chief Buffalo and popular opinion against Ojibwa removal, the bands east of the Mississippi were allowed to return to permanent reservations on ceded territory. A few families were removed to Kansas as part of the Potawatomi removal.

In British North America, the cession of land by treaty or purchase was governed by the Royal Proclamation of 1763, and subsequently most of the land in Upper Canada was ceded to Great Britain. Even with the Jay Treaty signed between the Great Britain and the United States, the newly formed United States did not fully uphold the treaty, causing illegal immigration into Ojibwa and other Native American lands, which culminated in the Northwest Indian War. Subsequently, much of the lands in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, parts of Illinois and Wisconsin, and northern Minnesota and North Dakota were ceded to the United States. However, provisions were made in many of the land cession treaties to allow for continued hunting, fishing and gathering of natural resources by the Ojibwe even after the land sales. In northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, the numbered treaties were signed. British Columbia had no signed treaties until the late 20th century, and most areas have no treaties yet. There are ongoing treaty land entitlements to settle and negotiate. The treaties are constantly being reinterpreted by the courts because many of them are vague and difficult to apply in modern times. However, the numbered treaties were some of the most detailed treaties signed for their time. The Ojibwa Nation set the agenda and negotiated the first numbered treaties before they would allow safe passage of many more settlers to the prairies.

Often, earlier treaties were known as "Peace and Friendship Treaties" to establish community bonds between the Ojibwa and the European settlers. These earlier treaties established the groundwork for cooperative resource sharing between the Ojibwa and the settlers. However, later treaties involving land cessions were seen as territorial advantages for both the United States and Canada, but the land cession terms were often not fully understood by the Ojibwa because of the cultural differences in understanding of the land. For the governments of the US and Canada, land was considered a commodity of value that could be freely bought, owned and sold. For the Ojibwa, land was considered a fully-shared resource, along with air, water and sunlight; concept of land sales or exclusive ownership of land was a foreign concept not known to the Ojibwa at the time of the treaty councils. Consequently, today in both Canada and the US, legal arguments in treaty-rights and treaty interpretations often bring to light the differences in cultural understanding of these treaty terms in order to come to legal understanding of the treaty obligations. [http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/historical/indiantreaties/historicaltreaties] .

During Indian Removal, US government attempted to relocate tribes from to west of the Mississippi River as the white pioneers colonized the areas. But in the late 19th century, the government instead moved the tribes onto reservations. The government attempted to do this to the Anishinabe in the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


The Ojibwa live in groups (otherwise known as "bands"). Most Ojibwa, except for the Plains bands, lived a sedentary lifestyle, engaging in fishing, hunting, the farming of maize and squash, and the harvesting of Manoomin (wild rice). Their typical dwelling was the wiigiwaam (wigwam), built either as a waaginogaan (domed-lodge) or as a nasawa'ogaan (pointed-lodge), made of birch bark, juniper bark and willow saplings. They also developed a form of pictorial writing used in religious rites of the Midewiwin and recorded on birch bark scrolls and possibly on rock. The many complex pictures on the sacred scrolls communicate a lot of historical, geometrical, and mathematical knowledge. Ceremonies also used the "miigis" shell (cowry shell), which is naturally found in far away coastal areas; this fact suggests that there was a vast trade network across the continent at some time. The use and trade of copper across the continent is also proof of a very large area of trading that took place thousands of years ago, as far back as the Hopewell culture. Certain types of rock used for spear and arrow heads were also traded over large distances. The use of petroforms, petroglyphs, and pictographs was common throughout their traditional territories. Petroforms and medicine wheels were a way to teach the important concepts of four directions, astronomical observations about the seasons, and as a memorizing tool for certain stories and beliefs.

During the summer months, the people attend jiingotamog for the spiritual and niimi'idimaa for a social gathering (pow-wows or "pau waus") at various reservations in the "Anishinaabe-Aki" (Anishinaabe Country). Many people still follow the traditional ways of harvesting wild rice, picking berries, hunting, making medicines, and making maple sugar. Many of the Ojibwa take part in sun dance ceremonies across the continent. The sacred scrolls are kept hidden away until those that are worthy and respect them are given permission to see them and interpret them properly.

The Ojibwa would bury their dead in a burial mound; many erect a "jiibegamig" or a "spirit-house" over each mound. Instead of a headstone with the deceased's name inscribed upon it, a traditional burial mound would typically have a wooden marker, inscribed with the deceased's "doodem". Because of the distinct features of these burials, Ojibwa graves have been often looted by grave robbers. In the United States, many Ojibwa communities safe-guard their burial mounds through the enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The Ojibwa viewed the world in two genders: animate and inanimate, rather than male and female. As an animate a person could serve the society as a male-role or a female-role. John Tanner and anthropologist Hermann Baumann have documented that Ojibwa peoples do not fall into the European ideas of gender and its gender-roles, called "egwakwe" (or Anglicised to "agokwa"). Though these "egwakweg" may contribute to their community in whatever way brings out their best character, sometimes these documented male-to-female transsexual "Midew" among the Ojibwa were more readily noticed by the non-Anishinaabe documenters. [Feinberg, Leslie: Transgender Warriors, page 40. Beacon Press, 1996.] A well-known "egwakwe" warrior and guide in Minnesota history was "Ozaawindib".

Several Ojibwa bands in the United States cooperate in the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, which manages their treaty hunting and fishing rights in the Lake Superior-Lake Michigan areas. The commission follows the directives of U.S. agencies to run several wilderness areas. Some Minnesota Ojibwa tribal councils cooperate in the 1854 Treaty Authority, which manages their treaty hunting and fishing rights in the Arrowhead Region. In Michigan, the [http://www.1836CORA.org 1836 Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority] manages the hunting, fishing and gathering rights about Sault Ste. Marie, and the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. In Canada, the [http://www.treaty3.ca/adminoffice/natural-resources.php Grand Council of Treaty #3] manages the Treaty 3 hunting and fishing rights around Lake of the Woods.

Kinship and clan system

Ojibwa understanding of kinship is complex, and includes not only the immediate family but also the extended family. It is considered a modified bifurcate merging kinship system. As with any bifurcate merging kinship system, siblings generally share the same term with parallel-cousins, because they are all part of the same clan. But the modified system allows for younger siblings to share the same kinship term with younger cross-cousins. Complexity wanes further from the speaker's immediate generation, but some complexity is retained with female relatives. For example, "ninooshenh" is "my mother's sister" or "my father's sister-in-law"—i.e., my parallel-aunt—but also "my parent's female cross-cousin". Great-grandparents and older generations, as well as great-grandchildren and younger generations are collectively called "aanikoobijigan". This system of kinship speaks of the nature of the Anishinaabe's philosophy and lifestyle, that is of interconnectedness and balance between all living generations and all generations of the past and of the future.

The Ojibwe people were divided into a number of odoodeman (clans; singular: "odoodem") named primarily for animal totems (pronounced "doodem"). The five original totems were "Wawaazisii" (Bullhead), "Baswenaazhi" ("Echo-maker", i.e., Crane), "Aan'aawenh" (Pintail Duck), "Nooke" ("Tender", i.e., Bear) and "Moozwaanowe" ("Little" Moose-tail). The Crane totem was the most vocal among the Ojibwa, and the Bear was the largest — so large, in fact, that it was sub-divided into body parts such as the head, the ribs and the feet.

Traditionally, each band had a self-regulating council consisting of leaders of the communities' clans or "odoodeman", with the band often identified by the principle "doodem". In meeting others, the traditional greeting among the Ojibwe peoples is "What is your "doodem"?" ("Aaniin odoodemaayan?") in order to establish a social conduct between the two meeting parties as family, friends or enemies. Today, the greeting has been shortened to "Aaniin"."

piritual beliefs

The Ojibwa have a number of spiritual beliefs passed down by oral tradition under the Midewiwin teachings. These include a creation myth and a recounting of the origins of ceremonies and rituals. Spiritual beliefs and rituals were very important to the Ojibwa because spirits guided them through life. Birch bark scrolls and petroforms were used to pass along knowledge and information, as well as used for ceremonies. Pictographs were also used for ceremonies. The sweatlodge is still used during important ceremonies about the four directions and to pass along the oral history of the people. Teaching lodges are still common today to teach the next generations about the language and ancient ways of the past. These old ways, ideas, and teachings are still preserved today with these living ceremonies.

Popular culture

The legend of the Ojibwa "Wendigo", in which tribesmen identify with a cannibalistic monster and prey on their families, is a story with many meanings, one of them points to the consequences of greed and the destruction that results from it. It is mentioned in the fiction of Thomas Pynchon. In his story "Of Father's and Sons", Ernest Hemingway uses two Ojibway as secondary characters.

Novelist Louise Erdrich is Anishinabe and has written about characters from her culture in "Tracks", "Love Medicine", and "The Bingo Palace." Medicine woman Keewaydinoquay Peschel has written books on ethnobotany and books for children. Winona LaDuke is a popular political and intellectual voice for the Anishinabe people.

Literary theorist and writer Gerald Vizenor has drawn extensively on Anishinabe philosophies of language.


Warren, in his "History of the Ojibway People", records 10 major divisions of the Ojibwa in the United States, omitting the Ojibwa located in Michigan, western Minnesota and westward, and all of Canada; if major historical bands located in Michigan and Ontario are added, the count becomes 14:

These 10 major divisions and other major groups that Warren did not record developed into these Ojibwa Bands and First Nations of today. Bands are listed under their respective tribes where possible.
* Aamjiwnaang First Nation
* Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways [http://www.batchewana.ca/]
* Bay Mills Indian Community
* Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek First Nation
* Cat Lake First Nation
* Chapleau Ojibway First Nation
* Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point
* Chippewas of Lake Simcoe and Huron (Historical)
** Beausoleil First Nation
** Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
** Chippewas of Rama First Nation (formerly known as "Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation")
* The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
* Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
* Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway Territory
* Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boys Indian Reservation
* Curve Lake First Nation
* Cutler First Nation
* Dokis First Nation
* Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
* Garden River First Nation
* Grassy Narrows First Nation (Asabiinyashkosiwagong Nitam-Anishinaabeg)
* Islands in the Trent Waters
* Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation
* Kinistin First Nation
* Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
* Magnetawan First Nation
* Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
* Lac La Croix First Nation
* Lac Seul First Nation
* Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation
* Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe
** Bad River Chippewa Band
** Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
** Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
*** L'Anse Band of Chippewa Indians
*** Ontonagon Band of Chippewa Indians
** Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
*** Bois Brule River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
*** Chippewa River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
*** Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
*** Removable St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
** Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
** Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa [http://www.redcliff.org/rc.php?page=home.html]
** Sokaogon Chippewa Community
** St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
* Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
** Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians
*** Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians
*** Muskrat Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
** Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
** Grand Portage Band of Chippewa
** Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
*** Cass Lake Band of Chippewa
*** Lake Winnibigoshish Band of Chippewa
*** Leech Lake Band of Pillagers
*** Removable Lake Superior Bands of Chippewa of the Chippewa Reservation
*** White Oak Point Band of Mississippi Chippewa
** Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
*** Mille Lacs Indians
*** Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
*** Rice Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
*** St. Croix Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota
**** Kettle River Band of Chippewa Indians
**** Snake and Knife Rivers Band of Chippewa Indians
** White Earth Band of Chippewa
*** Gull Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
*** Otter Tail Band of Pillagers
*** Rabbit Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
*** Removable Mille Lacs Indians
*** Removable Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
*** Rice Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa
* Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation
* Pembina Band of Chippewa Indians (Historical)
* Pikangikum First Nation
* Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
** Lac des Bois Band of Chippewa Indians
* Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation
* Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
* Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council
*Sagkeeng First Nation
* Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
* Saulteau First Nation
* Shawanaga First Nation
* [http://www.seed.mb.ca Southeast Tribal Council]
** Berens River First Nation
** Bloodvein First Nation
** Brokenhead First Nation
** Buffalo Point First Nation
** Hollow Water First Nation
** Black River First Nation
** Little Grand Rapids First Nation
** Pauingassi First Nation
** Poplar River First Nation
* Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
* Wabasseemoong Independent Nation
* Wabauskang First Nation
* Wabun Tribal Council [http://www.wabun.on.ca/]
** Beaverhouse First Nation
** Brunswick House First Nation
** Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation
** Matachewan First Nation
** Mattagami First Nation
** Wahgoshig First Nation
* Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
* Wahnapitae First Nation
* Washagamis Bay First Nation
* Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation
* Whitefish Bay First Nation
* Whitefish Lake First Nation
* Whitefish River First Nation
* Whitesand First Nation
* Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation
* Windigo First Nations Council [http://www.windigo.on.ca/]
** Bearskin Lake First Nation
** Cat Lake First Nation
** Koocheching First Nation
** North Caribou Lake First Nation
** Sachigo Lake First Nation
** Slate Falls First Nation
** Whitewater Lake First Nation
* Whitefish Lake First Nation
* Yellow Quill First Nation

Other tribes known by their Ojibwa/Ottawa names

Notable people

*Ah-shah-way-gee-she-go-qua ("Aazhawigiizhigokwe"/Hanging Cloud) (Warrioress)
*David Wayne "Famous Dave" Anderson (Business Entrepreneur)
*Edward Benton Banai (Writer)
*Dennis Banks (Political Activist)
*James Bartleman (Diplomat, Author)
*Adam Beach (Actor, Writer)
*Jason Behr (Writer)
*Archibald "Grey Owl" Belaney (Naturalist and Writer) - English, but presented himself an Ojibwa
*Clyde Bellecourt (Social Activist)
*Vernon Bellecourt (Social Activist)
*Chief Bender (Baseball player)
*Benjamin Chee Chee (Artist)
*Carl Beam (Artist)
*George Copway (Missionary and Writer)
*Eddy Cobiness (Artist)
*Patrick DesJarlait (Commercial Artist)
*Louise Erdrich (Writer)
*William Gardner - one of the Untouchables
*Gordon Henry Jr. (Writer)
*Drew Hayden Taylor (Playwright, Author and Journalist)
*Virgil Hill (Boxer)
*Basil Johnston (Historian and Cultural Essayist)
*Peter Jones (Missionary and Writer)
*Ke-che-waish-ke ("Gichi-Weshkiinh"/Buffalo) (Chief)
*Maude Kegg (Author, Cultural Embassidor)
*Winona LaDuke (Activist and Writer)
*Carole LaFavor (Writer, )
*Joe Lumsden (Chairman, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
*Loma Lyns (Singer, Songwriter)
*Rod Michano (AIDS Activist/Educator)
*Norval Morrisseau (Artist)
*Ted Nolan (Hockeyplayer)
*Jim Northrup (Columnist)
*O-zaw-wen-dib ("Ozaawindib"/Yellow Head) (Warrioress, Guide)
*Leonard Peltier (Political Activist, Prisoner)
*Po-go-ne-gi-shik ("Bagonegiizhig"/Hole in the Day) (Chief)
*Buffy Sainte-Marie (Singer)
*Keith Secola (Rock and Blues Singer)
*Chris Simon (Hockey player)
*Drew Hayden Taylor (Playwright, Humorist, Columnist)
*Roy Thomas (Artist)
*David Treuer (Writer)
*Shania Twain (Singer) - non-Ojibwa of Cree heritage adopted by her Ojibwa stepfather
*E. Donald Two-Rivers (Poet, Playwright)
*Gerald Vizenor (Writer)
*Wawatam (Chief)
*William Whipple Warren (Historian)
*Henry Boucha (Hockey Player)
*Arron Asham (Hockey player)

Ojibwa treaties

;Tribal Treaty Administrants
* 1854 Authority - 1854CT
* Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority - 1836CT fisheries
* Grand Council of Treaty 3 - Treaty 3
* Grand Council of Treaty 8 - Treaty 8
* Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission - 1837CT, 1836CT, 1842CT and 1854CT
* Nishnawbe Aski Nation - Treaty 5 and Treaty 9
* Red Lake Band of Chippewa - 1886CT and 1889CT
* Union of Ontario Indians - RS, RH1, RH2, misc. pre-confederation treaties

;Treaties with France
* La Grande Paix de Montréal (1701)

;Treaties with Great Britain
* Treaty of Fort Niagara (1764)
* Treaty of Fort Niagara (1781)
* Indian Officers' Land Treaty (1783)
* The Crawford Purchases (1783)
* Between the Lakes Purchase (1784)
* The McKee Purchase (1790)
* Between the Lakes Purchase (1792)
* Chenail Ecarte (Sombra Township) Purchase (1796)
* London Township Purchase (1796)
* Land for Joseph Brant (1797)
* Penetanguishene Bay Purchase (1798)
* St. Joseph Island (1798)
* Toronto Purchase (1805)
* Head-of-the-Lake Purchase (1806)
* Lake Simcoe-Lake Huron Purchase(1815)
* Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Purchase (1818)
* Ajetance Purchase (1818)
* Rice Lake Purchase (1818)
* The Rideau Purchase (1819)
* Long Woods Purchase (1822)
* Huron Tract Purchase (1827)
* Saugeen Tract Agreement (1836)
* Manitoulin Agreement (1836)
* The Robinson Treaties
** Ojibewa Indians Of Lake Superior (1850)
** Ojibewa Indians Of Lake Huron (1850)
* Manitoulin Island Treaty (1862)

;Treaties with Canada
* Treaty No. 1 (1871) - Stone Fort Treaty
* Treaty No. 2 (1871)
* Treaty No. 3 (1873) - Northwest Angle Treaty
* Treaty No. 4 (1874) - Qu'Appelle Treaty
* Treaty No. 5 (1875)
* Treaty No. 6 (1876)
* Treaty No. 8 (1899)
* Treaty No. 9 (1905-1906) - James Bay Treaty
* Treaty No. 5, Adhesions (1908-1910)
* The Williams Treaties (1923)
** The Chippewa Indians
** The Mississauga Indians
* Treaty No. 9, Adhesions (1929-1930);Treaties with the United States
* Treaty of Fort McIntosh (1785)
* Treaty of Fort Harmar (1789)
* Treaty of Greenville (1795)
* Fort Industry (1805)
* Treaty of Detroit (1807)
* Treaty of Brownstown (1808)
* Treaty of Spring Wells (1815)
* Treaty of St. Louis (1816) - Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi
* Treaty of Miami Rapids (1817)
* St. Mary's Treaty (1818)
* Treaty of Saginaw (1819)
* Treaty of Saúlt Ste. Marie (1820)
* Treaty of L'Arbre Croche and Michilimackinac (1820)
* Treaty of Chicago (1821)
* Treaty of Prairie du Chien (1825)
* Treaty of Fond du Lac (1826)
* Treaty of Butte des Morts (1827)
* Treaty of Green Bay (1828)
* Treaty of Prairie du Chien (1829)
* Treaty of Chicago (1833)
* Treaty of Washington (1836) - Ottawa & Chippewa
* Treaty of Washington (1836) - Swan Creek & Black River Bands
* Treaty of Detroit (1837)
* Treaty of St. Peters (1837) - White Pine Treaty
* Treaty of Flint River (1837)
* Saganaw Treaties
** Treaty of Saganaw (1838)
** Supplimental Treaty (1839)
* Treaty of La Pointe (1842) - Copper Treaty
** Isle Royale Agreement (1844)
* Treaty of Potawatomi Creek (1846)
* Treaty of Fond du Lac (1847)
* Treaty of Leech Lake (1847)
* Treaty of La Pointe (1854)
* Treaty of Washington (1855)
* Treaty of Detroit (1855) - Ottawa & Chippewa
* Treaty of Detroit (1855) - Sault Ste. Marie Band
* Treaty of Detroit (1855) - Swan Creek & Black River Bands
* Treaty of Sac and Fox Agency (1859)
* Treaty of Washington (1863)
* Treaty of Old Crossing (1863)
* Treaty of Old Crossing (1864)
* Treaty of Washington (1864)
* Treaty of Isabella Reservation (1864)
* Treaty of Washington (1866)
* Treaty of Washington (1867)




* F. Densmore, "Chippewa Customs" (1929, repr. 1970)
* H. Hickerson, "The Chippewa and Their Neighbors" (1970)
* R. Landes, "Ojibwa Sociology" (1937, repr. 1969)
* R. Landes, "Ojibwa Woman" (1938, repr. 1971)
* F. Symington, "The Canadian Indian" (1969)

Further reading

* Bento-Banai, Edward (2004). Creation- From the Ojibwa. The Mishomis Book.
* Danziger, E.J., Jr. (1978). "The Chippewa of Lake Superior". Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
* Densmore, F. (1979). "Chippewa customs". St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press. (Ursprünglich 1929 veröffentlicht)
* Grim, J.A. (1983). "The shaman: Patterns of religious healing among the Ojibway Indians". Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
* Gross, L.W. (2002). "The comic vision of Anishinaabe culture and religion". American Indian Quarterly, 26, 436-459.
* Howse, Joseph. "A Grammar of the Cree Language; With Which Is Combined an Analysis of the Chippeway Dialect". London: J.G.F. & J. Rivington, 1844.
* Johnston, B. (1976). "Ojibway heritage". Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.
* Long, J. "Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader Describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians, with an Account of the Posts Situated on the River Saint Laurence, Lake Ontario, & C., to Which Is Added a Vocabulary of the Chippeway Language ... a List of Words in the Iroquois, Mehegan, Shawanee, and Esquimeaux Tongues, and a Table, Shewing the Analogy between the Algonkin and the Chippeway Languages". London: Robson, 1791.
* Nichols, J.D., & Nyholm, E. (1995). "A concise dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe". Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
* Vizenor, G. (1972). "The everlasting sky: New voices from the people named the Chippewa". New York: Crowell-Collier Press.
* Vizenor, G. (1981). "Summer in the spring: Ojibwe lyric poems and tribal stories". Minneapolis: The Nodin Press.
* Vizenor, G. (1984). "The people named the Chippewa: Narrative histories". Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
* Warren, William W. (1851). "History of the Ojibway People."
* White, Richard (July 31, 2000). Chippewas of the Sault. The Sault Tribe News.
* Wub-e-ke-niew. (1995). "We have the right to exist: A translation of aboriginal indigenous thought". New York: Black Thistle Press.

External links

* [http://www.glifwc.org/ Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission]
* [http://www.treatyland.com/ Midwest Treaty Network]
* [http://www.tolatsga.org/ojib.html Ojibwe culture and history] , a lengthy and detailed discussion
* [http://www.freelang.net/dictionary/ojibwe.html Freelang Ojibwe Dictionary] , an extensive electronic Ojibwe-English/English-Ojibwe language dictionary
* [http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/5579/ojibwa.html Kevin L. Callahan's "An Introduction to Ojibway Culture and History"]
* [http://www.ubu.com/ethno/visuals/chip.html Ojibwe Song Pictures] , recorded by Frances Desmore
* [http://www.prairienet.org/prairienations/chippewa.htm Digital recreation of the 'Chippewa' entry] from "Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico", edited by Frederick Webb Hodge
* [http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/3/indianmigrations.shtml Ojibwa migration through Manitoba]
* [http://nativedrums.ca/index.php/video?tp=a&bg=1&ln=e video: The Making of an Ojibwe Hand Drum]
* [http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/wm/63.1/bohaker.html Nindoodemag: The Significance of Algonquian Kinship Networks in the Eastern Great Lakes Region, 1600–1701]
* [http://www.glifwc.org/pub/fall99/clansystem.htm Ojibwe clan systems: A cultural connection to the natural world]
* [http://www.aaronpayment.com/ Aaron Payment Tribal Chairman Sault Tribe Chippewas]
* [http://www.bemaadizing.org/ Bemaadizing: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Indigenous Life] (An online journal)

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