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The Totems of the Mississauga Chiefs
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Title: The Totems of the Mississauga Chiefs
Identifier: MC0706
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Indians of North America

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Description: Seen here are the totems of the Mississauga chiefs and warriors signing the ratification of the surrender of "Toronto" (that section of the lakefront extending from the Etobicoke Creek to the commencement of the peninsula, now Toronto Island), August 1, 1805. Every Ojibwa, upon birth, inherited his clan or totem from his father. Even when she was a member of a distant band a man could not marry a woman in his own clan. Each clan, with only one or two rare exceptions, bore the name of a bird, fish, or animal. When visiting a strange Ojibwa community, the Ojibwa first sought out the members of his own clan as he knew that his fellow clansmen were his relatives and would welcome him and supply him with assistance. The illustration and descriptive text are from "The Mississauga of New Credit", by Donald B. Smith with the assistance of Bryan LaForme, Volume 22 of "Canada's Visual History", from the National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada and the National Film Board of Canada. Description as of February 2014.
Agency: Mississauga Library System