Hello Auntie! I have not taken a genetic test, but my family believes that we are from the Ojibwa tribe. I am scared to learn about Ojibwa culture for fear that I will look like a pretendian and of being ridiculed. What is your advice for reconnecting?
Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with looking into what tribe you may be from. In your research, you may discover you’re Ojibwa, or you may not be, which is fine too.
Gaining knowledge and experience of other people’s cultures and lifestyles is incredibly important for us as individuals and as a society. It’s important because it teaches us how to better relate, understand, and empathize with people we share this world with.
Here’s how to Learn More:
- Talk to Your Family –try to get some specifics on where your family is from and which family member may be Ojibwa.
- Do Your Research – You can start by doing an Internet search. You’ll immediately find there are many bands of Ojibwa, so the more information you’re family can give you, the better. If you have a family name, get in touch with the enrollment department of your tribe and go from there.
- Not Ojibwa? You Can Still Join the Party! – By becoming an ally. You can check to see if your school has a Native American Advisory Club, upcoming tribal or pow-wow events, or Native youth group. It’s best to come with respect as an observer, feel the scene out, then take your cue from there.
- Talk to your Native friends – and see how you can get involved.
Hope this helps and best of luck!