Paths of the People
Anishinabe, Saulteur, Ojibwe, Chippewa—all these are names of a people who have lived in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin for the past three centuries. Ojibwe oral tradition speaks of life as a circular path, with parents passing on knowledge to children and grandchildren. Over the past 300 years, contact with Europeans and settlement by immigrant Americans have forced them to adapt to survive. The challenges each generation has faced—whether at treaty grounds, boarding schools, or boat landings—have influenced what knowledge has been passed down, what paths taken.