Early Ojibwe

Summer-Niibin By Olive Trembley

Camps Along Lakes and Rivers

After winter had past, the Ojibwe started to head toward their summer camps. They gathered food for big celebrations, feasts and ceremonial dances now that they were in the larger community. The Ojibwe lived along lakes and rivers because during the summer they did not hunt mammals because if you hunted while the newborn deer, elk and other animals were still growing up they would die off because of not having their mothers to help them survive, instead of hunting the mammals they caught fish instead, when the man weren't hunting they would travel to trade with other communities or occasionally participating in war. During summer, the women payed attention to their gardens, they grew pumpkins, squash and potatoes and while the ladies weren't tending their gardens they picked wild fruits such as: strawberries, juneberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, cranberries and blueberries.


Lacrosse was a very popular sport in the summer, you played with a 4 foot wooden stick with a pouch at the end you would try to throw a leather ball through the other team's goalpost, a team would win depending on how many points they would score by throwing the ball through the goal.