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Who Are the Ojibwe

The Ojibwe had a clan system of government. Clans continue to exist, of course, but the government has changed somewhat. They defined what roles individuals played within the tribe.

The original clans (dodems) were the crane, marten, wolf, catfish, bear and loon. Clan members were not permitted to marry within their own clan. Spirituality in general centered around customs and beliefs.