Chippewa’s of the Iron Confederation (Ojibway Indians of California)

Ojibway Indians of California

Exactly how the Ojibway Indians made it to California is quite mysterious! However, after Anishinabe Ogimak became aware of the seven fires prophecy, they acted on instinct and invaded the  western portion of North America.

Today, the Ojibway Indians of California are known as the Wappo, Wiyot, Yuki,  and the Yurok. All three are Algonquian speaking tribes with their roots in the Algonquian languages. However, these Californian Ojibway  Indians have lost their Ojibway identity.

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Bands of the Wiyot Tribe and Their Reservations

This is a list of the present day locations of the reservations for the various bands of Wiyot Indians. It is a work in progress.

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Tecumseh’s Confederacy

Tecumseh’s Confederacy was a group of Native Americans in the Old Northwest that began to form in the early 19th century around the teaching of Tenskwatawa (The Prophet).

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Blue Lake Rancheria

The members of the Blue Lake Rancheria include people with Wiyot, Yurok, Tolowa, and Cherokee ancestry. This tribe is made up of the remnant survivors of the people who once lived along the Eel and Mad Rivers in northern California. Priror to Euro-American settlement, the ancestors of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe were primarily Wiyot.

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Native American Talking Sticks

Deer Jaw Talking Stick

 Deer Jaw Talking Stick
 Deer Jaw Talking Stick

Talking sticks were used in tribal councils and public meetings to maintain order. Whoever had the stick had the floor, and no one else was allowed to speak until the speaker passed the stick, indicating he had finished what he wanted to stay. Continue reading

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Legend of the Douglas Fir Pine Cone

Close up of doglas fir pine cone

Long, long ago when the land was young there stood a very tall and proud Douglas fir tree. The fir tree was so tall that its topmost branches touched the clouds. The branches spread widely and offered protection to small plants and animals below. The fir tree held many cones on the ends of its branches which stood open and contained many seeds. A little mouse lived in the protection of the tree’s spreading branches. Continue reading

The Legend of the Peacemaker

In an ancient time, the Haudenosauneewere ruled by warfare and anarchy, and people lived in fear and hunger, preyed upon by powerful warriors and tyrants.

One day, a canoe made of white stone carried a man, born of a virgin, across Onondaga Lake to announce the good news of peace had come, and killing and violence would end. “Peace,” he said, “is the desire of the Holder of the Heavens. Peace comes when people adopt the Creator’s mind, which is reason.”

For years The Peacemaker traveled teaching the Path of Peace—that “all people love one another and live together in peace.” One by one he convinced each person, village and nation to accept his teaching. Hiawatha, an Onondaga, was his spokesman.

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Winabojo and the Birch Tree

Once there was a spirit-boy named Winabojo who taught the Ojibwa how to live in the natural world. One day Winabojo went searching for feathers for his arrows. He climbed to the highest cliff and discovered a nest of the Thunderbirds and saw their babies. Winabojo turned into a rabbit so the Thunderbirds would bring him to their nest for their babies to play with. Continue reading

The Standing People (trees) each have different qualities

The Standing People (trees) each have different qualities associated with their species. Here are some of the meanings associated with trees.

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Government shutdown hitting tribes hard

Tribal leaders, widely tired of political games surrounding the federal budget – as well as the profound impacts of ongoing sequestration – are frustrated by the government shutdown, to say the least.

The federal government has a trust responsibility to tribes and their citizens. It is a unique relationship, which means there will be unique – and painful – consequences as a result of the government’s current shutdown, tribal leaders say.

The shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, occurred because U.S. House Republicans passed several short-term continuing resolution budgets that included provisions to delay and/or defund portions of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. Both the Democratic Senate and White House would not agree to those provisions, which set the stage for the first federal shutdown in 17 years.

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