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The Ojibway People and their connection to essiac

The Ojibway have a strong connection to essiac tea and without them, essiac may not be available for all to use and enjoy today.

The Ojibway live stretching for thousands of miles from southeastern Ontario to across the upper Great Lakes country of the United States and Canada. Native to their culture is the use of herbs as medicine. Essiac is no exception.

The Ojibway are classed as one people in the Algonquian linguistic family, but they have several alternate regional names, and are also divided into over a hundred separate reservation communities. They are well known for their expertise in herbal medicine, including being in possession of the much-heralded essiac tea formula used widely for cancer treatment. There are approximately 200,000 Ojibwas today. The majority of them live in Canada.

There has been a variety of forms of their name over history, which can make studying their history confusing. Depending on its division into syllables, the Ojibwa name has been interpreted as a reference either to the puckered toe of the Ojibwas' distinctive moccasins, or to their use of glyphs to inscribe historical and religious information as well as simple messages on birch bark or rock surfaces. The name has no standard spelling in English and has changed into Chippewa according to the U.S. government's recognition of them. The French first encountered Ojibwas at the falls of the St. Mary's River, which is the connecting link between Lake Superior and Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Because they were associated with this location, Ojibwas were known to the French as "People of the Falls," or Saulteurs. The people in the western part of Canada still refer to them as the Saulteaux.

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