Q:

What did the Ojibwa wear?

A:

Quick Answer

Most members of the Ojibwa tribe wore tanned deerskin clothing, though other animal hides were also used. Both men and women wore deerskin leggings and moccasins. Men wore a breechcloth, while women wore dresses with woven nettle or thistle fibers for petticoats. Geometric designs were created on the clothing by weaving in bones, feathers, dyed porcupine quills, shells and stones.

Know More
What did the Ojibwa wear?
Credit: John Elk Lonely Planet Images Getty Images

Full Answer

The Ojibwa not only loved decorations on their clothing, but also enjoyed decorating their bodies with jewelry made from the bones, claws or teeth of animals. Tanning hides and sewing consumed much of the Ojibwa women's time during the winter months. Contact with Europeans gradually changed Ojibwa dress to woven textiles.

The Ojibwa Indians were semi-nomadic, following game and other sources of food as they were available. They lived in wigwams, which were easy to deconstruct and transport, giving them greater mobility. They resided in the woodlands of northeastern North America and called themselves the Anishinabe.

Once contact was established with Europeans in the 1600s, the Ojibwa traded furs and other natural resources with them and received firearms and other goods in return. The profitability of this trading led to many disputes within the tribe, eventually splintering it into several smaller groups.

Learn more about US History
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where did the Ojibwa Indians live?

    A:

    Originally, the Ojibwa Indians lived around the Great Lakes region of the United States. As the years went on, the Anishinabe, as they called themselves, spread out into other parts of Michigan and also into Canada.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some interesting facts about the Iroquois Indians?

    A:

    The Iroquois Indians are members of a group of Native American tribes, which was referred to by European colonists as the "Six Nations." This confederacy of tribes originally occupied an area close to Lake Ontario in New York but later extended its domain into parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why do people object to Indian mascots?

    A:

    Many Indian mascots are deemed offensive because they take their name from racist terms for Native Americans or represent caricatures of Native Americans that members of that culture find to be racist as well. Proponents say that the mascots honor Native Americans, but opponents say that the mascots propagate stereotypes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What was the purpose of the Olive Branch Petition?

    A:

    The Olive Branch Petition was a last-minute attempt by members of the American colonies to avoid war with Great Britain by declaring their loyalty to the British Crown. However, the petition still asserted the rights outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and King George III formally declared the colonies to be in rebellion.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore