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Reading the chapter titled "Their Language and Writings" is very helpful. Copway knew the Ojibway people lived in far off locations. White historians have confined the original territory of the Ojibways to Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Yet Copway knew the Ojibways lived in Maryland and Virginia some 300 years before his time (1850), or about the time of the initial white invasion. His information about the Ojibway people adopting the customs of the original native tribes, portrays ancient events in which Ojibway soldiers conquered those tribes then intermixed both languages. The same also happened in the western part of North America. An example is the Algonquian-Salishan-Wakashan Language Family of British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington. In California, the Wiyot, Yuki, Yurok, and Wappo are also partly Ojibway, as are the Yokuts people or Penutians. The Penutians include the Alsean, Cayuse, Chinook, Coosan, Kalapuyan, Klamath, Maiduan, Modoc, Molala, Sahaptian or Nez Perce and Yakama, Siuslaw, Takelma, Tsimshian, Utian, Wappo, Wintuan, and Yuki. In Mexico, the Penutians are the Mixe-Zoque and Huave. Those tribes won't accept being Ojibway but they are! In fact, they are predominantly Ojibway. As a result of a long period of no contact and different foods, the Ojibways of those locations are no longer as tall and ill tempered as those Ojibways who stayed in their original territory.