On Tradition


Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation … This fear of the Nation’s censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honourable compact.

George Copway, Ojibwa Chief Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh 1818 – 1863

From the book “Native American Wisdom” Jacobs and Gidley

The Ojibwa (oh-jib-wah) call themselves Anishinabeg for “first” or “original people” are woodland people from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, North Dakota, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. They are one of the largest American Indian groups in America with over 104.000 in population. Ojibwa discovered maple sugar and wild rice and invented hammocks, snowshoes, canoeing, and lacrosse. There are many Ojibwa words such as moccasin, moose, Mackinaw, Michigan, and Mesabi. Some famous Ojibwa activists are Dennis Banks and Leonard Peltier.

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