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Anishinabe is the endonym, or self-designation, of several Algonquian-speaking Native American tribes of Canada and the northern United States: in particular the Ojibwe/Chippewa tribes, the Algonquin, the Ottawa, the Mississauga and Nipissing, and some Oji-Cree and Potawatomi people. 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.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Anishinabe tribes and languages:

 Algonquian languages
 Anishinaabe words
 Anishinaabe culture
 Ojibwe people
 Algonquin people
 Ottawa people
 Woodland Native Americans

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Anishinabe people:
 Map of Great Lakes Anishinabe Tribes
 Wikipedia: Anishinabe
 Anishinaabe Culture

Here are a few good books about Anishinabe culture and history:
 Voices of the Anishinabe People
 Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists
 Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin: The Way of a Good Life
 Life in an Anishinabe Camp

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