Definition of Ojibwa in US English:


(also Ojibway)


  • 1A member of a North American people of the region around Lake Superior.

    Also called Chippewa
    • ‘We found haplogroup X when we were studying the Ojibwa of the Great Lakes.’
    • ‘The Cree and Ojibwa were the tribal groups most studied, accounting for 37 of papers.’
    • ‘The most detailed ethnographic work on the Saulteaux is by Hallowell, who called them Northern Ojibwa.’
    • ‘By 1875 the Saulteaux, Cree and Ojibwa of Manitoba had generations of experience interacting with Europeans in connection with the fur trade.’
    • ‘The Ojibwa called the grain manomin or mahnomen (after the Menominee tribe) meaning good berry.’
    • ‘The Ojibwas had likewise used deception to their benefit in taking Michilimackinac.’
    • ‘The French generally enjoyed good relations with nations such as the Ojibwa and the Potawatomi so long as trade goods were readily available and reasonably priced.’
    • ‘Such an equivocating philosophy might not pass muster with the Ojibwa.’
    • ‘One of the most forceful Aboriginal protests aimed against Head's removal policy was articulated by one of Jones's fellow Ojibwa, an elder Mississauga chief named Sloping Sky, known among the English as Joseph Sawyer.’
    • ‘The children also study the lives of the Ojibwa, the native people who not only thrived in this difficult land but preserved it for future generations.’
    • ‘Traditional enemies and trade rivals were the Cree and Ojibwa to the north and east.’
    • ‘These traits relate them to the southern Ojibwa or Chippewa.’
    • ‘But long, long before the Voyageurs came the forests were home to the Sioux and the Ojibwa.’
    • ‘Among the Ojibwa, however, there is some evidence that children sometimes modeled animals in clay.’
    • ‘Like the allotment system, relocation focused on individual Ojibwa rather than tribal group and Native culture.’
    • ‘The Agawa rock paintings are among the best preserved of about 400 groups of pictographs on the Canadian Shield and are attributed to Algonquins such as the Ojibwa.’
    • ‘This condition was reported among the Northern Algonkian language group of Indians (Chippewa, Ojibwa, and Cree) living around the Great Lakes of Canada and the United States.’
    • ‘The two Ojibwas affectionately nicknamed him ‘Baptiste’ or ‘Bateese’ for reasons never clear to him.’
    • ‘It was characteristic of Bill to remember my key point in a paper I gave there on my fieldwork among the Ojibwa.’
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Ojibwa.

    • ‘There are two sources of native borrowing: the Canadian Indian languages such as Cree, Dene, and Ojibwa, and Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit or Eskimo.’
    • ‘In this specific way the historical development of Miami-Illinois resembles that of Fox, one of its closest sister languages, rather than that of Ojibwa, another of its closest sister languages.’


  • Relating to the Ojibwa or their language.

    • ‘The portability of Ojibwa lodging - the wigwam - enabled such moves to be made quickly and easily.’
    • ‘If a story written by an Ojibwa author does not deal with topics indigenous to his or her people but instead tells of a more universal conflict, would we still categorize that book as ‘Native American’?’
    • ‘Although their origins are found in more easterly Ojibwa populations in northwestern Ontario, the Saulteaux displaced the Cree around Lake Winnipeg by the beginning of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘In this series of three linked stories, a modern-day Ojibwa grandfather, Noshen, and his grandson, Mishomis, venture out early one morning in the grandfather's birch bark canoe.’
    • ‘After 1840 many Metis buffalo hunters, the offspring of European fur traders and Cree and Ojibwa women, also joined these groups.’
    • ‘Clifford lacked Algonquin or Ojibwa bloodlines, so he felt relatively safe.’
    • ‘Don't think about being Lakota, or about us being Ojibwa, or about those that might not accept you.’
    • ‘To Murie's joy, the leader assigned him to paddle with one of the Ojibwa guides, Joseph Odjik, thus making him in his words, ‘the sixth Indian.’’
    • ‘His paintings and prints go well beyond storytelling and represent many of the sacred figures of the Ojibwa people.’
    • ‘In 1962, in Minnesota's Stillwater State Prison, two Ojibwa inmates organized 46 Indian prisoners into a group to study Indian issues.’
    • ‘She uses a number of Ojibwa terms in her narrative and provides a glossary, which allows readers to participate in an aspect of Ojibwa culture that might have been alienating otherwise.’
    • ‘The girls continued their work and giggled among themselves as they continued their work and conversed in the Ojibwa tongue.’
    • ‘Simon still wears his hair long to honor the tradition of his Ojibwa tribe.’
    • ‘The owner, Shamengwa, is an older, respected musician who lives on an Ojibwa reservation.’
    • ‘A typical Ojibwa sentence contains a multipart verb, the core meaning of which is carried by a verb stem, itself composed of meaningful elements.’
    • ‘Shania's dad leaves the family when she is two, her mother remarrying Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa Indian.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Native Americans of the Chippewa / Ojibwa tribes thought that the Sun's flames were being extinguished, and so during an eclipse they would launch skywards burning arrows in order to replenish it.’
    • ‘About 5,000 people live on the reservation, almost all of them Indians of the Ojibwa tribe, commonly called Chippewa.’
    • ‘My heritage has enough Ojibwa and Cree blood to hold legitimate membership in ‘Metis Nation of Alberta.’’
    • ‘Morrison was born on the Grand Portage Ojibwa Reservation in northern Minnesota in 1919.’


From Ojibwa ojibwe, said to mean ‘puckered’, with reference to their moccasins.