Four Words

To help you better understand the Chippewa and other indigenous people, here are four words you need to know.

Anishinabe
Anishinabe (meaning “The People”) are the indigenous people of the Great Lakes region. There actually are three Native American nations that are considered Anishinabe: the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Ottawa (Odawa), and Potawatomi (Bodawotomi). These tribal nations are related linguistically and culturally and together are known as the “Three Fires.”

Ojibwe
Ojibwe is the actual name of the Chippewa nation. Chippewa is the word given by the American people. Many Ojibwe people would prefer to be called Anishinabek (Anishinabe).

Clan
Many tribes have clan systems. For the Anishinabe, clan membership is passed down through the father and traditionally coordinates governance, family relationships, and social obligations.

Band
While clan members are related through kinship, band membership consists of people living in the same locale. Tribal nations normally are larger than bands or clans.

 

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