Life In The Ottawa Tribe Essay

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The Ottawa tribe and culture of the tribe is eminently fascinating and beautiful. The Ottawa tribe has a great deal of history behind it. The name “Ottawa” is originally spelled “Odawa” in their native language. The language that they speak is mostly English, but their native language is Ojibwa, which is related to Anishinaabe language. The tribe’s original homeland, according to, is mostly in southern Ontario in Canada, which is where the name of “Ottawa” or “Odawa” came from, and Michigan. There are multiple Ottawa tribes, but there is one here in Manistee, Michigan, they are the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. There is a legion amount of people that are in the Little ...view middle of the document...

Chandler is the reason why the tribe and the tribe’s culture is so astonishingly successful today.
I interviewed a close friend of mine that is included in the tribe about some of the rituals and traditions from the tribe that she had followed by. When I had asked my friend, Alycia, what some of the traditions and rituals she was involved in, she said that when she was “on the moon”, meaning her menstrual cycle, it was important that she didn’t touch any males hair or prepares him food because the female is too powerful and is cleansing herself and can contaminate. Alycia then went on describing how men cleanse themselves. “Men cleanse themselves by sweat lodges”, she added. I was left speechless, I was amazed and surprised on how serious she took her culture, I didn’t know that part of information about her. While I was silent she went on about the sacred fires that she use to go to. A sacred fire is a place and time where one is cleansed, but if a women was “on the moon” she couldn’t be in the room because she was already being cleansed. Another ritual she talked about doing was smudging. Smudging is when you light sage and cleanse rooms in a house and people associated with the house. Sage is a cleansing medicine to take evil away. One would say a blessing and smudge everything while spreading it around with a feather. I remember one time Andrew’s mother called us and told us to get home as soon as possible, in which we did so, she greeted us at the door with the burning sage and quickly smudged us. She had superstition that something wasn’t right in the house.
I interviewed my friend, Alycia, and my...

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