Tour Locations | Ottawa: Pioneering Days
LOCATION 15 | Ottawa: Pioneering Days
Anishinaabe Scout 2
They had no written language, so their stories, myths and legends were passed in the telling from generation to generation. Socially and politically they were in many ways as civilized as the Europeans. The tribes fought constantly against each other for territory, captives and spoils. Throughout North America there were a great many different tribes speaking hundreds of different languages. The tribes migrated gradually over thousands of miles, in response to pressure from other tribes or seeking better locations for finding food. Enslavement or adoption of captives into their tribe was common and they were not above torturing them for entertainment. Tragically, after contact with Europeans, the majority died from common European diseases, for which they had developed no resistance.
The Odawe or Ottawa tribe can be found in scattered indigenous communities in Canada and the United States. The Ottawa River is named after them. They are one of the Ojibway tribes who were traditional enemies of the Mohawk tribes to the south.
At present, roughly 4% of the Canadian population is descended from the indigenous peoples. There is much more to be learned about them at the Canadian Museum of History, that we saw across the river from the base of the statue.