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They originally lived in the Alberta and Montana region before forcing their way east in the 16th century to fight the white invaders. There is evidence a southern Ojibway Tribe lived in the region between what is now Kansas and Texas and forced their way east also. In fact, they may have been the first Ojibway's to force their way east to fight the white invaders. In the 17th century, they (the Ojibways from the Alberta and Montana region) lived between the eastern shores of Lake Superior and Montreal. They were also known as the Amikwa (they are the Nez Perce) which means Beaver in Ojibway. Actually, it should just be Amic. Other Ojibway's named them or their nation, the Beaver Nation. Historically, the Beaver Wars are named after them. In Ojibway, they would be named To-tem A-mic. Since the Ojibway word for beaver ends with a consonant and begins with a vowel, instead of placing "A-mic" first, they placed "To-tem" first so it would be easier to pronounce. It was their custom. Similar to the English "A" and "An." So instead of Amic Totem which means Beaver Nation, they pronounced it as To-tem A-mic which means Nation Beaver. They are also known as Abenaki, Algonquin, Assiniboine, Assinica, Athabascans, Cree, Delaware, Kickapoo, Menominee, Miami, Mississauga, Mohegan, Nipissing, Noquet, Ottawa, Pottawatomi, Sac or Sauk (the Ojibways considered the Fox to be non Algonquian) and Shawnee. These Ojibway Totems or Tribes (the Ojibways usually called them Nations) spoke the same language. As for the Assiniboine and Assinica, they are the same Ojibway Tribe. In Ojibway, the word Assiniboine means Rocky or Stoney Oji-bwa's. It is pronounced as As-sin-ni-bwan in Ojibway. They didn't use "Oji" yet instead only "Bwa" to name this Ojibway Nation. They added the Ojibway "n" plural to make it "As-sin-ni-Bwan" which means Stoney Oji-bwa's. They originally lived in the Rocky Mountains. When they reached the St. Lawrence River and displaced the non Algonquian People living there, they commenced using "As-sin-ni-ca" instead of "As-sin-ni-bwan." Later, they just used "Sinica or Seneca." During those times, the Ojibway People were united and very powerful. Though they spoke the same language, the further one Ojibway Totem or Tribe, was from another, the more difficult it was for them to understand each other. Below is information to help you understand this predicament about the Ojibway Language:







It's puzzling how the writer wrote "this establishes the fact that there is one common origin to the different dialects of the Ojebway and Mohawk languages." It was written to identify the Ojibway Language. There was nothing about the Mohawk Language. Though Ojibwa and Ojibway look like the same word or both have the same meaning, that is misleading. Both Ojibwa and Ojibway are quite different. The name Ojibwa is derived from the Ojibway word for "before." In Ojibway, the word for before is "chi-bwa." You can hear Chippewa in that. Both "Chippewa and Ojibwa" have the same meaning. It means "The First People or The Original People." Ojibway is quite different and is possibly more important to Ojibway People. In Ojibway, the word for "truth" is "De-bwe-win." Translated Ojibway means "People of Truth or People of Honor." They used "Bwe" instead of "De-bwe-win." Both Ojibwa and Ojibway are very important yet the Ojibway People favor Ojibway over Ojibwa. There is a reason for it.