The Ojibwa Tribe

Oral storytelling is not as popular as it was when Native Americans first populated North America; however, one tribe is known for its legendary Windigo. A Windigo, a man-eating ice giant, who was once a human but his human form is trapped where his heart should be and the people of this tribe who committed sin were sent to him ("Legendary Native”). These northeastern Indians were known for their myths, maple sugar, wild rice, corn, Spearfishing, and squash. The second-largest tribe of Indians to populate Canada and the third-largest to populate the United States is the Ojibwa tribe (Lund 5). This tribe was located in the Great Lakes Area of Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and in the Canadian area of Ontario and Manitoba (Roy). This …show more content…
The history of the Ojibwa was full of life, until the American settlers began to colonize. Throughout the time period before the English came to America, many Natives had their life planned out perfectly until the English began to change their history, as they began making it. The Ojibwa originally called themselves Anishinabe, which means first or original people. Over 500 years ago this tribe lived near the Saint Lawrence River; however, they did not begin to move towards west until the 1600s (Roy). The Ojibwa and two other tribes, Potawatomi and Ottawa, moved acrossed the Great Lakes and became known as the Three Fires(Roy). During the 1600s the Ojibwa tribe heard about the Europeans from their neighboring tribe, Huro. When the French colonized Canada they gave the Anishinabe tribe the names of Ojibwa and Chippewa; when the English colonized the Americas they gave this tribe the names of Chippewa and Chippewa, and Ojibwa tribe has over seventy different names. Ojibwa began to accept the non Native-Americans and started to with fur companies or start their own independent sales (“Legendary Native”). As seen in Figure 1, the tribal symbol was sewn, by hand, into some of the clothes that were sold to the fur companies. As more and more settlers came to America, the French and Indian War broke out. Since, the French people gave the Ojibwas tribe their other name, they sided with the French …show more content…
This tribe had to decolonize themselves and their culture, as researchers would say ("Tribal Life Today"). The Ojibwa tribe reservations are in Canada and Wisconsin. Besides have to almost decolonize their tribe, the state of Wisconsin sent them to court. In 1983, the state of Wisconsin sent the Ojibwa tribe to court because they were afraid of them spearfishing (Lund 17). The state government dropped the case and protected their rights to spearfish; however, the Ojibwas agreed to always leave enough fish in the rivers and lakes (18). This tribe is still being treated badly due to the people of Wisconsin, who do not want them there. The state of Wisconsin, gave this tribe their own museum, place to hunt, pace to swim, and a school ("Chippewa”). Many people of this tribe stay on the reservation in Wisconsin and Canada because they want their legacy to live

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