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Background imageChippewa Collection: EXPL2A-00128

EXPL2A-00128
Landing of Jean Nicolet on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, 1634, the first European to reach that region. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChippewa Collection: Native American Indian Picture Writing

Native American Indian Picture Writing (Medicine Mans Chant) of the Chippewa or Ojibbewa Indians. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageChippewa Collection: Canada - Ojibwa Girl cleaning the catch

Canada - Ojibwa Girl cleaning the catch
The Ojibwa is the largest group of Native American peoples north of Mexico. They are equally divided between the United States and Canada

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippewa Magician

Chippewa Magician
A magician of the Chippewa people attempts to destroy a girl by a beam of sunlight and the spirit of a fox

Background imageChippewa Collection: Hole-in-the-Day (Younger). Chippewa, Indian delegate, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Hole-in-the-Day (Younger). Chippewa, Indian delegate, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Hole-in-the-Day (Younger). Chippewa, Indian delegate, 1864

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibwa Grave-Posts (engraving)

Ojibwa Grave-Posts (engraving)
980475 Ojibwa Grave-Posts (engraving) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ojibwa Grave-Posts)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Mide dancing garters (colour litho)

Mide dancing garters (colour litho)
980442 Mide dancing garters (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mide dancing garters)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Sacred Birch Bark Records (colour litho)

Sacred Birch Bark Records (colour litho)
980440 Sacred Birch Bark Records (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sacred Birch Bark Records)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho)

Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho)
980436 Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ojibwa Facial Decoration)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibwa mother and baby, c. 1821 (colour litho)

Ojibwa mother and baby, c. 1821 (colour litho)
PNP246200 Ojibwa mother and baby, c.1821 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imageChippewa Collection: Portraits of an Indian man and Native American

Portraits of an Indian man and Native American
Portrait and profile of an Indian man, Soorjo Coomar Chucherbutty, age 20, from Decca, and U-je-jock, or Pelican, age 10, son of a chief of the Ojibwe Nation, Lake Huron

Background imageChippewa Collection: Okeemakeequid, a Chippeway chief

Okeemakeequid, a Chippeway chief
3780713 Okeemakeequid, a Chippeway chief by King, Charles Bird (1785-1862); (add.info.: Okeemakeequid, a Chippeway chief. Native American chief of the Chippeway (Ojibwe) tribe. Portrait by Charles B

Background imageChippewa Collection: Pah-Tah-Se-Gay (engraving)

Pah-Tah-Se-Gay (engraving)
1617043 Pah-Tah-Se-Gay (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pah-Tah-Se-Gay. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 13 May 1843)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippewa scaffold burial (colour litho)

Chippewa scaffold burial (colour litho)
980522 Chippewa scaffold burial (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chippewa scaffold burial)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Jesakkid removing disease (engraving)

Jesakkid removing disease (engraving)
980438 Jesakkid removing disease (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jesakkid removing disease. Engraving by Harold L MacDonald, 1890)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippeway widow (colour litho)

Chippeway widow (colour litho)
980532 Chippeway widow (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chippeway widow)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Sacred bark scroll and contents (colour litho)

Sacred bark scroll and contents (colour litho)
980441 Sacred bark scroll and contents (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sacred bark scroll and contents)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Sacred Posts of Midewigan (colour litho)

Sacred Posts of Midewigan (colour litho)
980439 Sacred Posts of Midewigan (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sacred Posts of Midewigan)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho)

Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho)
980435 Ojibwa Facial Decoration (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ojibwa Facial Decoration)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippeway Squaw and Child, pub. by F. O. W. Greenough, 1838 (colour litho)

Chippeway Squaw and Child, pub. by F. O. W. Greenough, 1838 (colour litho)
STC90588 Chippeway Squaw and Child, pub. by F.O.W. Greenough, 1838 (colour litho) by Bowen, John T. (1801-c.1856); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageChippewa Collection: The Snow Shoe Dance, from Catlins North American Indian Portfolio

The Snow Shoe Dance, from Catlins North American Indian Portfolio
4071312 The Snow Shoe Dance, from Catlins North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America, pub

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ud-je-jock, Pelican, a Boy, 1845. Creator: George Catlin

Ud-je-jock, Pelican, a Boy, 1845. Creator: George Catlin
Ud-je-jock, Pelican, a Boy, 1845

Background imageChippewa Collection: Au-nim-muck-kwa-um, Tempest Bird, 1845. Creator: George Catlin

Au-nim-muck-kwa-um, Tempest Bird, 1845. Creator: George Catlin
Au-nim-muck-kwa-um, Tempest Bird, 1845

Background imageChippewa Collection: Cah-be-mub-bee, He Who Sits Everywhere, a Brave, 1835. Creator: George Catlin

Cah-be-mub-bee, He Who Sits Everywhere, a Brave, 1835. Creator: George Catlin
Cah-be-mub-bee, He Who Sits Everywhere, a Brave, 1835

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ju-ah-kis-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle, 1835. Creator: George Catlin

Ju-ah-kis-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle, 1835. Creator: George Catlin
Ju-ah-kis-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle, 1835

Background imageChippewa Collection: Four Dancers, 1843-1844. Creator: George Catlin

Four Dancers, 1843-1844. Creator: George Catlin
Four Dancers, 1843-1844

Background imageChippewa Collection: Jack-o-pa (The Six), 1827. Creator: Charles Bird King

Jack-o-pa (The Six), 1827. Creator: Charles Bird King
Jack-o-pa (The Six), 1827

Background imageChippewa Collection: Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie, 1836-1837. Creator: George Catlin

Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie, 1836-1837. Creator: George Catlin
Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie, 1836-1837

Background imageChippewa Collection: Big Buffalo (Chippewa), 1832-1833. Creator: Henry Inman

Big Buffalo (Chippewa), 1832-1833. Creator: Henry Inman
Big Buffalo (Chippewa), 1832-1833

Background imageChippewa Collection: White Man in Chippewa Costume, late 19th-early 20th century. Creator: George Prince

White Man in Chippewa Costume, late 19th-early 20th century. Creator: George Prince
White Man in Chippewa Costume, late 19th-early 20th century

Background imageChippewa Collection: Snow Shoe Dance - Ojibbeway, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Snow Shoe Dance - Ojibbeway, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Snow Shoe Dance - Ojibbeway, 1861/1869. Hunters, with songs of thanks to the Great Spirit, when the first snow of winter falls, to improve their hunting

Background imageChippewa Collection: Three Celebrated Ball Players - Choctaw, Sioux and Ojibbeway, 1861

Three Celebrated Ball Players - Choctaw, Sioux and Ojibbeway, 1861. Tul-lock-chish-ko (of the Chocktaw), Wee-chush-ta-doo-ta (Sioux) and Ah-no-je-nahge

Background imageChippewa Collection: A Sioux War Party, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

A Sioux War Party, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
A Sioux War Party, 1861/1869. Reconnoitering an Ojibbeway village, at sunset. Calhoun, upper Mississippi. 1832

Background imageChippewa Collection: Nine Ojibbeway Indians in London, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Nine Ojibbeway Indians in London, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Nine Ojibbeway Indians in London, 1861/1869. Ah-quee-we-zaints (chief), with Pat-o-a-quat-o-wee-be, Wee-nish-ka-wee-be, Sa-mah, Gish-e-gosh-e-gee, Not-een-a-akm (interpreter)

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibbeway Indians in Paris, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Ojibbeway Indians in Paris, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Ojibbeway Indians in Paris, 1861/1869. Maun-gua-daus (chief) with warriors, women and children taken to Paris as representatives from Canada in 1845

Background imageChippewa Collection: Buffalo Chase in the Snow Drifts - Ojibbeway, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Buffalo Chase in the Snow Drifts - Ojibbeway, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Buffalo Chase in the Snow Drifts - Ojibbeway, 1861/1869

Background imageChippewa Collection: Facsimile of an Ojibbeway Robe, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Facsimile of an Ojibbeway Robe, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Facsimile of an Ojibbeway Robe, 1861/1869. A collection of Indian totems

Background imageChippewa Collection: Ojibbeway Indians, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Ojibbeway Indians, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Ojibbeway Indians, 1861/1869. Sha-co-pay (chief) with his sons

Background imageChippewa Collection: An Aged Ojibbeway Chief and Three Warriors, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

An Aged Ojibbeway Chief and Three Warriors, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
An Aged Ojibbeway Chief and Three Warriors, 1861/1869. Gitch-e-gaw-ga-osh (elderly chief), with On-daig, I-an-be-wa-dick and Cah-be-mub-be sitting in council

Background imageChippewa Collection: Two Ojibbeway Warriors and a Woman, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Two Ojibbeway Warriors and a Woman, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Two Ojibbeway Warriors and a Woman, 1861/1869. Ka-bes-kunk and O-ta-wa (warriors in war dess with pipes) and Ju-a-kiss-gaw (wife of Ka-bes-kunk) at the fall of St. Anthony. 1834

Background imageChippewa Collection: Two Chippewyan Warriors and a Woman, 1855 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Two Chippewyan Warriors and a Woman, 1855 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Two Chippewyan Warriors and a Woman, 1855/1869. Gua-be-med-gwin-ne (warrior), Nin-jee (warrior) and Ha-te-qua

Background imageChippewa Collection: Boy Chief - Ojibbeway, 1843. Creator: George Catlin

Boy Chief - Ojibbeway, 1843. Creator: George Catlin
Boy Chief - Ojibbeway, 1843

Background imageChippewa Collection: Red Bird, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen &

Red Bird, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen &
Red Bird, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Background imageChippewa Collection: Noon Day, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen &

Noon Day, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen &
Noon Day, Chippeway, from the American Indian Chiefs series (N2) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Background imageChippewa Collection: Large Iron Ore Boat Coming into Sabin Locks. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. c1930s. Creator: Unknown

Large Iron Ore Boat Coming into Sabin Locks. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. c1930s. Creator: Unknown
Large Iron Ore Boat Coming into Sabin Locks. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. c1930s. Canal locks on the St Marys River in Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa, Michigan. From " Tour of the World"

Background imageChippewa Collection: Portrait Of Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris) Endangered Species, Captive; Chippewa Falls

Portrait Of Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris) Endangered Species, Captive; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States Of America

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippewas, 1841. Artist: Myers and Co

Chippewas, 1841. Artist: Myers and Co
Chippewas, 1841. A print from Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York, 1841

Background imageChippewa Collection: Chippewa snowshoe dance, 1841. Artist: Myers and Co

Chippewa snowshoe dance, 1841. Artist: Myers and Co
Chippewa snowshoe dance, 1841. A print from Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, by Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway, New York, 1841



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"Exploring the Rich Heritage of the Chippewa: A Glimpse into Native American Culture" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Chippewa, a prominent Native American tribe. From their intricate picture writing to their vibrant cultural practices, this diverse community has left an indelible mark on history. In Canada, we witness an Ojibwa girl diligently cleaning her catch, showcasing the tribe's deep connection with nature and their resourcefulness. Meanwhile, a Chippewa magician mesmerizes us with his mystical abilities, reminding us of their spiritual beliefs and reverence for supernatural powers. Hole-in-the-Day (Younger), a notable Chippewa figure from 1864, emerges as a powerful Indian delegate who played a crucial role in shaping tribal diplomacy during that era. The unknown creator captures his commanding presence through an enigmatic portrait. Moving beyond portraits, we encounter engraved Ojibwa grave-posts that serve as poignant reminders of ancestral ties and traditions. These sacred markers speak volumes about the importance placed on honoring ancestors within Chippewa culture. The Mide dancing garters come alive in vivid color lithographs - symbols of pride and identity for those initiated into this secret society. Such ceremonial dances were integral to preserving ancient customs among the Chippewa people. Delving deeper into their heritage reveals another fascinating aspect - sacred birch bark records meticulously preserved by generations past. These colorful lithographs provide glimpses into historical events and narratives passed down through oral tradition. Ojibwa facial decoration showcases intricate patterns adorning faces - expressions of individuality intertwined with communal belonging. This art form reflects both personal expression and adherence to cultural norms within Chippewa society. A heartwarming scene unfolds as we witness an Ojibwa mother cradling her baby circa 1821; it serves as a testament to enduring maternal love and the continuation lineage through generations.