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Algonquin – Introduction

Here are some facts about the Algonquins.

The total population of the whole tribe of Algonquins is about 11,000 people today.

The Algonquins lived in Southern Quebec and Eastern Ontario. The languages they speak today are French, English,and Algonquin. Their religion is Midewiwin.

They had related ethnic groups which are Abnaki, Innu, Anicinàpek (Nipissing, Ojibwa,  Mississaugas,  Saulteaux,  Odawa and Potawatomi.

by:  M.B., O.P., S.S. (1o yrs. old)

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Algonquin | Miami | Little Turtle

The Algonquian tribe called the Miami lived close to the Great Lakes in Ontario.

The town was known as Turtle Town. It was Continue reading

Red Fox (Algonquin) | Native Americans | Meshkakihug, Red Earth

Prince Maximilian’s Travels in the Interior of North America

The Fox tribe is Algonquian. They are a big tribe. Their real name are the Red Fox tribe or Meshkwakihug and they are known as the Red Earth people. They are called that because their land is more reddish than other known tribes like the  Chippewa.

The Fox Tribe was seminomadic. That means they moved around forests and prairies. During the summer they lived in villages of bark covered homes. They grew corn, beans, squash, pumpkins and tobacco.

The Fox had three kinds of leaders: the peace chief ,war chief, and the ceremonial chief. The peace chief kept peace with the tribe and was in charge at council when the town matters were discussed. The war chief was chosen for each military sector by other brave soldiers on the basis of fighting skills. The war chief would be in charge to control army matters. On this occasion, the Calumets would be decorated with red feathers. The ceremonial leader, or shaman, instructed others in religious rituals. The ceremonies had a lot of meanings, such as making games and stuff or helping grow food and crops or helping the sick people.

Author: M.L.S

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In Canada the term First Peoples refers to the original inhabitants of this land.  There are two groupings: the Inuit (aka Eskimo) and the First Nations (aka Indian). Other respectful terms for First Peoples are: Aboriginals, Amerindians (used by scholars), Autochtones (in Quebec) and Native American.

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