Clans, Lineages, and Ethnic Identity Among the Ottawa (Odawa) of Northern Michigan

Center for American Indian Studies Programs
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

5:30 - 6:30 pm

B-91

Wesley L. Andrews, Native American cultural consultant

This paper examines the role of clans and lineages among the Ottawa (especially the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa) and Chippewa (Ojibwa) of northern Michigan from the 17th century to the present day. There is evidence that some of the Odawa clan and lineage names, and their corresponding pictographs, found in the historic record, served as ethnic markers indicating descent from people from other tribes that were captured in war or through marriage and adoption. These people became part of Odawa society but with a distinct identity and social function.

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