Anishinabe is the endonym, or self-designation, of several Algonquian-speaking Native American tribes of Canada and the northern
United States: in particular the
the Mississauga and Nipissing, and some Oji-Cree and
The name Anishinabe (also spelled Anishinaabe) means "original people" or "true people,"
and is commonly used by members of these tribes to refer to all of them, or even to all Native American people in general.
For this reason the word Anishinabe is often used together with specific tribal names,
such as "Algonquin Anishinabe" or "White Earth Anishinabe."
Various spellings and pronunciations of this name in the different Native languages that use it include Anishinabe, Anishinaabe, Anishnabe, Anishnabai,
Anishnawbe, Nishnaabe, Nishnabe, and Neshnabé. Traditional plural forms end in "g" or "k," such as Anishinabek, Anishinaabeg, and Neshnabék.
In English, some people today can be heard using the anglicized plural Anishinabes.
Here are links to our webpages about the Anishinabe tribes and languages: