The Ojibwe (said to mean “Puckered Moccasin People”), also known as the Chippewa, are a group of Algonquian-speaking bands who amalgamated as a tribe in the 1600’s. They were primarily hunters and fishermen, as the climate of the UP was too cool for farming.
The Ojibwe have spiritual beliefs that have been passed down by oral tradition under the Midewiwin teachings. These include a creation story and a recounting of the origins of ceremonies and rituals. Spiritual beliefs and rituals were very important to the Ojibwe because spirits guided them through life.
Ojibwe Culture. The Ojibwe speak a language of the Algonkian language family and constitute the largest Indian group north of Mexico. During historic times, they spread west and south and, today, numerous Ojibwe bands stretch from present-day Ontario in eastern Canada all the way into Montana.
Name(s) of Tribe: Chippewa, also known as Ojibwe or Anishinabe. ( Ojibwe and Chippewa are actually even the same word, just pronounced differently with accent).
There are seven original clans: Crane, Loon, Bear, Fish, Marten, Deer and Bird.
“Aaniin” (or “Aanii” in Odawa and some nearby communities) is often used as a greeting.
A collection of useful phrases in Ojibwe, an Algonquian language spoken in the parts of Canadian and the USA. Useful phrases in Ojibwe.
|English||Anishinaabemowin / ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ ( Ojibwe )|
|I don’t understand|
The Ojibwe call themselves ” Anishinaabeg,” which means the “True People” or the “Original People.” Other Indians and Europeans called them “Ojibwe” or “Chippewa,” which meant “puckered up,” probably because the Ojibwe traditionally wore moccasins with a puckered seam across the top.
Before the Ojibwa began to trade with Europeans and Americans, they wore clothing made from animal hides, primarily from tanned deerskin. The women wore deerskin dresses, leggings, moccasins, and petticoats made of woven nettle or thistle fibers. The men wore leggings, breechcloths, and moccasins.
Religion. The Ojibwa religion was mainly self centered and focused on the belief in power received from spirits during visions and dreams. Some of the forces and spirits in Ojibwa belief were benign and not feared, such as Sun, Moon, Four Winds, Thunder and Lightning.
Definitions of Chippewa. noun. a member of an Algonquian people who lived west of Lake Superior. synonyms: Ojibwa, Ojibway.
Games: The Ojibwa used games to teach their children many things, including good behavior, safe behavior, and other important manners and skills. These games were creative and fun, and are still enjoyed today. They include Butterfly Hide and Seek, and Moccasin Pebble.
Ojibwa, also spelled Ojibwe or Ojibway, also called Chippewa, self-name Anishinaabe, Algonquian-speaking North American Indian tribe who lived in what are now Ontario and Manitoba, Can., and Minnesota and North Dakota, U.S., from Lake Huron westward onto the Plains.
Chippewa is the Anglicized version of Ojibway (also spelled Ojibwe and Ojibwa). The origins of the name Ojibwa are really not known. However, the word for before in Ojibwa is Chi-bwa or Ji-bwa.
The Chippewa Indians, also known as the Ojibway or Ojibwe, lived mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario. They speak a form of the Algonquian language and were closely related to the Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians.