What Are Religious Beliefs of the Ottawa Tribe?

The Ottawa tribe believed in spirits, and frequently provided gifts to these spirits. They practiced polytheism, meaning that they believed in more than one god.

Native to what is now southern Ontario and Michigan in the United States, the Ottawa Tribe also called areas in Ohio and near the Appalachian Mountains home. Among their religious ceremonies included the Gi-be Wiikonge, also known as the “Feast of the Dead.” This was held each spring and summer. The women would prepare the bodies of those who had passed away for burial, while others would focus on digging the pits for the bodies. At the end of the ceremony, the dead would never be spoken of again.