The Modern Culture Of Chippewa Today

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Though Native Americans are today seen as regular members of society and treated as such, and even are given certain special treatments (such as federally recognized tribes being seen as domestic dependant nations and allowing for them to have their own set of laws), there can be no argument when it is said that, in the past, they were treated terribly. In fact, when European settlers came, their clash with the natives resulted in mass genocide. The Chippewa lived mainly in the American midwest (including Michigan) and in Ontario, a Canadian province. I use the term “lived” here because, despite the Chippewa being alive and well, they are more spread out now due to the advantages of modern technology. The modern culture of Chippewa today is vastly different from original Chippewa, as well (Friedl, pgs 814-815). Food for them could range from rabbit or deer or even bears (Copway, George, Hulan, Shelley, pgs 26 and 28) to corn and wild rice (Friedl, pg 816). According to Friedl’s data, Chippewas generally expect their circumstances to be constantly changing. For example, indigenous Chippewas left a lot of things to chance. As stated previously, they planted corn, but they did not tend to it (Friedl, pg 816). They collected wild rice when it was available, as well as nuts and berries when they were in season. They also heavily relied on dreams to lead them in the right direction (Friedl, 816). If they dreamed they would prosper elsewhere, they would leave. If they dreamed of
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