The Creation or Beginning of the Anishnaabek- Various creation stories and beliefs are still within the Odawa communities of Waganakising. Some creation beliefs center on the origin of the Anishnaabek in the east, followed by a great migration that brings the people west to present day Michigan and other locations in the Great Lakes. A shared belief in the migration stories from the east is that the Anishnaabek followed the water, with significant locations being Niagara Falls, the Straits of Mackinac, Sault Ste. Marie and the Apostle Islands. There are many other sacred locations on this journey. Various bands of Anishnaabek would settle at different locations.
To honor and respect all creation stories, no single belief is selected. This timeline wants to acknowledge the history and presence of the Odawa in Michigan before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century. The majority of pre-contact oral traditions do not have a specific time associated with them. The emphasis is on the event, place, spirits and people associated with the event and not the exact date. The beginning of this timeline utilizes Odawa oral traditions, as well as archeological sites that have been discovered in Northern Michigan.
The Odawa, Ojibway, and Potawatomi hold a great council at Mackinac Island. Here they decide which tribe will go and settle within the Gitchi-Gumek (Great Lakes). The Ojibway go north and west (Ontario, Western Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota), the Potawatomi go south and west (Southern Lower Peninsula, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin and the Odawa stay at in the Upper Great Lakes (Northern Lower Peninsula, northern portions Lakes Huron and Michigan)