About the Ojibwe

Who are the Ojibwe?

The Ojibwe are a large group of American Indians in North America, and are one of Minnesota's American Indian tribes. They are part of the Algonquian language family that covers the Northeast and Great Lakes region of the United States and part of Canada. Currently, the Ojibwe have nations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada.

What is the difference between 'Chippewa,' 'Ojibway,' 'Ojibwa,' 'Ojibwe' and 'Anishinaabe?'

Often referred to as Chippewa, the Ojibwe have multiple names attributed to them. "Chippewa" became commonly used after it became a common mispronunciation of the word Ojibwe. Ojibwe (otherwise spelled Ojibwa or Ojibway) is a term that means "to pucker," which is a reference to the way the Ojibwe traditionally construct moccasins with a puckered toe. The term for "man" in the Ojibwe language (Ojibwemowin) is "Anishinaabe." All of these terms are acceptable and are used among many Ojibwe nations.

Why is "Ojibwe" used in museum records?

Using the single term "Ojibwe" throughout the catalog records allows consistency and increases searchability among records.