El término Ojibwe proviene de Utchibou, nombre dado al XVIImi siècle à un groupe qui vivait au nord de ce qui est aujourd’hui Sault Ste. Marie, en Ontario.Voici un de leur conte : The sea Lion of Silver Islet (en anglais).
los Ojibway formaban parte de una serie de grupos muy cercanos, pero distintos, que ocupaban un territorio ubicado entre el noreste de la bahía georgiano y el este del Lago Superior. Estos pueblos que se reunieron cerca de la actual Sault Ste. María también se llaman Saulteaux, un término que hoy se refiere principalmente a los pueblos Ojibway del noroeste de Ontario y el sureste de Manitoba.
Silver Islet is not only beautifully picturesque, but leaves one
with the sense of having « rubbed shoulders » with the chiefs
and braves that once roamed its shores.
It is here that the great legend of the Sea Lion originated. A
pet and constant companion of Nanna Bijou, spirit of the Deep Sea
Water, was the giant Thunder Bird. Nanna Bijou had another great
companion in Nagochee, the great Lion. Nagochee was no ordinary
animal, for he was credited with having the wings of an ease and
the feet of a duck. His speed was that of the wind and he could
swim faster than any great fish.
One day the Spirit God was called upon to go on a long journey.
He hurriedly departed on the back of his beloved Lion, completely
forgetting to take his Thunder Bird. jealous at being left behind,
the Thunder Bird planned to destroy the Lion.
As Nanna Bijou returned, the Thunder Bird’s screeching voice shook
the heavens and a terrific storm broke, striking the Lion and rider.
A great wind snapped off one of Nagochee’s wings and he was twisted
over, throwing his master into the Big Sea Water. The Lion could
not swim the storm tossed waters, but ‘Nanna Bijou made it to shore.
Thinking his beast had failed him, he placed a curse on the Lion
and turned him to stone.
There today, the faithful old Lion looks solemnly out over the
water, waiting for his Master to return.