• UNIT-Local History Component
    Title: The First People
    Focus: The first people to live at Sault Ste. Marie were Woodland Indians who called themselves “Anishinabeg.”
    Connection: Remember when we talked about the Anishinabeg  came to live in our area.  Today we are going to learn more about the Anishinabeg who settled in our region of Michigan.

    Teaching Point: 

                              1.  All of their needs were met by the woods and water around them. 

                              2.  The whitefish in the river drew the Anishinabeg to the area.

                              3.  The Sault area was originally called “Bahweting” (the place where water jumps over rocks).


    Resource Material For Teachers:

               Oral tradition of the Anishinabeg tells that these people originally came to this area from the east. This migration took place in the distant enough past that a date cannot be attached to it. See the book The Place of the Pike (Gnoozhekaaning): A History of the Bay Mills Indian Community by Charles Cleland (University of Michigan Press, 2001) for more information, and also you may want to visit the website of Kevin Callahan at www.geocities.com/athens/acropolis/5579/ojibwa.html for further discussion of the migration, for the Ojibwa Creation Story, and for more references that you may wish to pursue.

                The Anishinabeg who live in the Sault area are members of the group of Native Americans known as Chippewa, or Ojibwa people. The former term is more common in the United States, while the latter is used in Canada. Both terms refer to the same group of people.


    Active Engagement: Color Book with descriptive text found on pages 2-3student pages

    Share: With a partner make a Venn diagram to compare and contrast how the Anishinabeg lived then to how thier descendents live today.  Invite a Native American speaker to your class to share their culture.

Last Modified on February 14, 2018