Much can be said about the history of the Ojibwe nations pre-European contact, however there were not any written records other than a very few pictographs that documented this history. Instead the Ojibwe shared their history through storytelling, a way in which the way of life for the Ojibwe People was honoured.
Respected Elder from Beausoliel First Nation shares her vision into the past. Mary-Jane speaks of the ways of the Ojibwe people pre-European contact.
The following links will provide you information available about the Ojibwe people and their way of life pre-European contact.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
First Nations in Canada
"First Nations in Canada is an educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. Its aim is to help readers understand the significant developments affecting First Nations communities from the pre-Contact era (before the arrival of Europeans) up to the present day."
Friends of Awenda Park
"When looking at Awenda’s vast Native history, we can divide the Native Occupation into four periods:
PBS: Public Broadcasting Service
Revitalizing Native Cultures
"Before first contact with the Europeans the Ojibwe migrated from the east coast to the Great Lakes area. Archeological evidence shows that they continued to use miigis shells for their ceremonies..."
History, Cultural Values Of Beads
"Beads are a many-faceted part of native history in north America and Canada...
.. Making beads is an old craft. Bone, stone (turquoise and other semi-precious stones) and shell beads are still made the ancient way, little affected by modern technology. Sea shells, the commonest material for handmade beads, have been important native regional trade items for thousands of years..."
Canada's First Peoples
"Canada's First Nations have been in the country we now call Canada for at least 12,000 years, perhaps much longer.
For almost all that time, they survived very well in a harsh environment, making everything they needed without polluting the water, or air, and without destroying the land or decimating the animal populations..."
"We Look in All Directions"
About the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe
"Today the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe people constitute the second largest tribe in North America. With reservations and communities living on our ancestral homelands the Ojibwe are spread out across five American States and three Canadian Provinces- a geographical area unmatched by any other tribe..."
"The Waasa Inaabidaa "We Look in All Directions" series and companion book were conceived by award-winning producer Lorraine Norrgard (A Gift to One, A Gift to Many: James Jackson Sr.; Looks Into the Night) for WDSE-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. Created in response to numerous requests for more information about the second-largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe, this six-part series is the most in-depth programming about the tribe ever created for television. It includes the contributions of nineteen Ojibwe communities and more than two hundred Ojibwe individuals.
The Pre-Contact Era
"Whether they favour a lee-of-the-mountains or a coastal itinerary, scholars generally agree on the path of diffusion. Over thousands of years various groupings made their way eastward, and in some cases also northward and northeastward into portions of the northern United States and Canada... Whatever their eventual destination and whenever they reached it, all these communities developed ingenious adaptations to the lands in which they found themselves..."
Historic Metis in Ontario:
"This report presents data and interpretations pertaining to the study of the potential development of Metis communities in three areas of Georgian Bay..."
On page 15 of the report:
"2. Aboriginal Occupation of the Georgian Bay Region: Early 17th century
...This chapter begins with a brief discussion identifying the original occupants of Georgian Bay and the determination of their approxiamte territorial boundaries."
Changing Patterns of Health and Sickness
among the Cree-Ojibwa of Northwestern Ontario
"In order to assess the impact of health services on the
health status of the population, it is important to establish historical baselines in the pattern of morbidity and mortality. This paper will highlight the major events in the "health history" of the people from precontact times to the twentieth century."