“Ojibwa taxonomy has three basic classes: humans, persons, and nonpersons. Humans encompass the living and the ghosts of the dead.
Persons are those "born" with life-giving or life-taking power, including mythical figures, spirit helpers, "certain" animals such as bear,
moose, and thunderbirds; flint, meg is shells, native copper, true vermillion, pipes, kettles, grandfather rocks, grandfather trees, sun,
moon, thunder, cannibals, and mermaids. The Ojibwa explain the logic behind the person/nonperson distinctions by appealing to human
likeness: persons are self-propelling, sentient, and able to engage in social (and legal) relations with humans and with one another”