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Clans of the Ojibwa

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"Courageous Clans of the Ojibwa" by Miss Shaw

Why were clans so important to the survival of the Ojibwa tribe? There were seven clans, and each one had its own role to ensure that the Anishinabe people were cared for. Here are the clans and the animals that represent them.

Information retrieved from Native Tech on December 19, 2011Life in an Anishinabe Camp by Pictures were retreieved from:www.coppercountry.comNational Adult Literacy DatabaseMichigan Legacy Art Park

The members of the Bird Clan were the spiritual leaders of the Ojibwa people. It was said they were similar to the eagle because they pursued the best parts of the mind, just like the eagle soars at the highest elevation in the sky.

The people of the Hoof Clan were caretakers and made sure that everyone in the clan had housing and fun things to do. They never used harsh words and used poetry to express how they felt.

The bear clan acted as the police of the village. Because they patrolled so much of the land, they were the clan members who found the trees and plants that could be used for the purpose of healing.

The two Chief Clans were the Loon and Crane Clans. They had the power of governing the rest of the clans. These two clans worked hard to ensure that all members made good decisions for their people.

The Marten Clan members were warriors, food gatherers and hunters. They defended and protected their people.

The people of the Fish Clan were the scholars and teachers. They helped clans solve problems and taught the children to develop healthy spirits.


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