|Crest of the Anishinaabe people.|
What the people believe is true. Anishinabe saying.
The Anishinaabeg or Anishinabek peoples, include the Algonquin / Nipissing, Ojibwa/ Chippewa / Saulteaux / Mississaugas, Odawa, Potawatomi and Oji-cree.
Their territory is in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.
They all speak closely related Anishinaabe languages, of the Algonquian language family.
The meaning of Anishnaabeg is "First" meaning the first people.
According to Anishinaabeg tradition, written on birch bark scrolls, they migrated from the eastern areas of North America, and from along the East Coast.
Birch was a significant resource to the Anishinaabe people which is shown in their Legend of the Birch Tree.
Anishinaabek had seven original clans which explained people's roles including leaders, poets and peace makers. Find out more about these clans.
|Birch bark scroll image|
from “The Midewiwin, or 'Grand Medicine Society',
of the Ojibwa” in Smithsonian Institution