The Anishinabe are the third largest Indian tribe in North America, surpassed only to the Cherokee and Navajo. They were primarily located around the Great Lakes region, mostly in the Lake Superior area. They are known for their canoes and wild rice, and for the fact that they were the only Indian nation to defeat the Sioux.
Called "Chippewa" in the United States and "Ojibwe/Ojibway" in Canada, they call themselves Anishinabe meaning "first men". They accept the name "Ojibwe" (even though they prefer Anishinabe), but intensely dislike the name "Chippewa". "Ojibwe/Ojibway" is an Algonquin word that refers to a unique puckered seam on the moccasins of the Anishinabe. "Chippewa" is considered to be an attempt by the French explorers to say "Ojibwe".
Fish were the principal food of the Anishinabe. The women would weave nets with which they would catch an assortment of fish. They would eat fish soup, boiled fish, fish eggs, and cook fish over fire on a sharp stick. To preserve fish, they would string them and freeze them in the snow. Fish would also be dried and salted.
[pic]Along with fish, the Anishinabe would hunt deer, ducks, pigeons, moose, fox, wolves, bears, rabbits, beavers, and other small game and waterfowl. They used bows and arrows for hunting which were much smaller than those used by the Dakota groups. Hunting deer did not call for the large equipment needed when hunting buffalo. In addition, they would gather wild rice with a canoe in the fall, and strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, wild plums, cherries, acorns, ginger, wintergreen, raspberries, leaves and twigs for teas, "Indian potatoes", and maple sap for making sugar according to season. They also planted gardens of corn, pumpkins, squash, and other vegetables.
The Anishinabe people usually lived in wigwams. These shelters were shaped like half walnut shells with