The traditional Menominee clan system

The Menominee Clans Story

Traditional Menominee society consisted of thirty-four clans that were grouped into five principal clans or Brothers that each assumed specific responsibilities within the tribal community. The clan system developed as a means for the tribe to address vital cultural issues, and the Menominee origin story describes the process by which the clans came into being. This site features wood carvings of the principal clan figures that capture the dress, symbols, tools, colors, and traditions of the clan system, along with textual and audio information about Menominee traditions.

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
First Peoples
Creator: Frechette, James F.
Pub Data: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Digital Collections.
Citation: The Menominee Clans Story. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 6/19/2018