Location: The Ojibwe occupied the forest country around the North shore of Lake Huron and both shores of Lake Superior. They were located from Minnesota and Wisconsin to the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota after being pushed out of Canada by the French.
History: The Ojibwe were first encountered by Europeans in the 1600's by French explorers near Sault Sainte Marie, Canada. They are also known as the Anishinabe, Ojibwa, Ojibway, Othipwe and Chippewa. The Ojibwe would hunt and trap woodland animals, fish, harvest gardens, gather berries, grow maize and collect wild rice. They did not use horses or hunt buffalo. They used birch bark to create canoes, storage containers and household materials as well as their homes.
Daily Life: Today, most Ojibwe find themselves assimilating into western culture. Some remain on reservations while others have moved away to begin life elsewhere. However, there are still annual cultural celebrations which bring Ojibwe people together to remember their roots. A recent interest in reclaiming their past and relearning their language is assisting in the resurgence of the culture.