The Ojibwa traditionally strive to live by seven values, which they believe were brought to them by a group of people called the Seven Grandfathers. They rely on a strong oral tradition passed down from elders to the younger generation.
The Ojibwa respect all elders as wise teachers, but some particularly wise and educated elders became teachers as well. This is how their values are passed down from generation to generation. The seven values they hold are honesty, humility, truth, wisdom, love, respect and courage.
The Ojibwa traditionally do not see themselves as separate from the rest of the world. They believe that all life is part of Manitou, which is the spirit that created the world.
Their social structure is organized into seven clans, each represented by an animal. Each clan has a particular focus and skill that it uses to serve the people. In olden times, when disputes arose, all the clans would assemble together to hear the arguments. They would then come to a judgment together about how to proceed. This cooperative system helped keep society balanced and fair.
Traditionally, Ojibwas had distinct gender roles. Men hunted, fought and provided protection for their families and villages. Women gathered food, kept house and raised children. Men provided most of the raw materials women needed, and women used them to cook and create necessary things, such as clothing.