Menominee women wore woven skirts. Menominee men wore breechcloths with leggings. Shirts were not necessary in the Menominee culture, but both genders wore mantles in cooler weather. The Menominee Indians also wore deerskin moccasins on their feet.
The Ojibwe name for the tribe was manoominii, meaning “wild rice people”, as they cultivated wild rice as one of their most important food staples. Historically, the Menominee were known to be a peaceful, friendly and welcoming nation, who had a reputation for getting along with other tribes.
The well known garments and items of traditional clothing and ceremonial dress included the breechcloths, buckskin shirts, deerskin dresses, the fringes, animal robes and furs, feather headdresses, roach headdresses, shawls, headbands, breastplates, belts and pouches of the American Indians.
Language: The Algonquian language Menominee (or Menomini ) is today spoken by only a few tribal elders in Wisconsin, though some younger Menominees hope to revive the language.
The size of the reservation is 235,524 acres or approximately 357.96 square miles, and contains roughly 223,500 acres of heavily forested lands, representing the largest single tract of virgin timberland in Wisconsin.
The Miami (Miami- Illinois: Myaamiaki) are a Native American nation originally speaking one of the Algonquian languages. Among the peoples known as the Great Lakes tribes, it occupied territory that is now identified as North-central Indiana, southwest Michigan, and western Ohio.
1. Posoh- Hello or Hi!
The seat of government for the Menominee Tribe is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the Menominee Indian Reservation, in the Village of Keshena.
In 1848, the Menominee ceded the last of their Wisconsin land to the U.S. in the Treaty of Lake Poygan, which promised the Menominee a new homeland of 600,000 acres in Minnesota. The 1848 Treaty allowed the Menominee to remain two more years in Wisconsin.
The Blackfoot wore clothing made from deerskin. Men wore breechcloths, leggings, and shirts. Women wore long dresses. In the winter, they kept warm with thick robes made from bison hides.
Anasazi Clothing Female Anasazi wove blankets, robes, kilts, shirts, aprons, belts (etc.). They wove the clothes by animal hair and human hair. They also wove thick robes for winter. Anasazi footwear included sandals, moccasins, and possibly snowshoes for winter.
Among the numerous Algonquian languages are Cree, Ojibwa, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Mi’kmaq (Micmac), Arapaho, and Fox-Sauk- Kickapoo. The term Algonquin (often spelled this way to differentiate it from the family) refers to a dialect of Ojibwa.
Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities The following links are to the official websites for each of Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities.
In Wisconsin, English and Spanish are the two most commonly spoken languages.