(also Ojibway /-ˌwā/)
noun (plural same or Ojibwas or Ojibways)
1A member of a North American Indian people native to the region around Lake Superior. Also called Chippewa.
- The Ojibwas had likewise used deception to their benefit in taking Michilimackinac.
- The two Ojibwas affectionately nicknamed him ‘Baptiste’ or ‘Bateese’ for reasons never clear to him.
- But long, long before the Voyageurs came the forests were home to the Sioux and 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.
- 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.
- After 1840 many Metis buffalo hunters, the offspring of European fur traders and Cree and Ojibwa women, also joined these groups.
- The portability of Ojibwa lodging - the wigwam - enabled such moves to be made quickly and easily.
From Ojibwa očipwē, probably meaning 'puckered', with reference to their style of moccasins.
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