From of old, Marten clan members are in charge of labor and sustenance as they have always been the hunters and food gatherers of the Anishinaabe Peoples. But sometimes Marten clan members are also looked upon as ogichidaag (warriors)!
In the communities of the Odaawaag of Michigan and southern Ontario as well as those of the Ojibweg of Michigan's Upper Peninsula – among whose forebears were the Baawitigowininiwag, People of the Rapids -, Waabizheshi doodem members are warrior clan people inclined to be great strategic logistic thinkers and defenders of Mino- bimaadiziwin, the Good Way of the Heart (Midewiwin) and of Anishinaabemowin, the beautiful language of the Anishinaabe Peoples. Their clan colors are yellow, light brown, and gold. They are considered Ogichidaag; warrior-leaders, not followers. Like their colors suggest, waabizheshiwag (marten people) go into the unknown and complete darkness without fear. They are known for their single-mindedness in the pursuit of their convictions and goals.
In the old days, members of the Marten clan were master strategists in planning the defense of their communities, and they often served as oshkaabewisag (pipe bearers) and mizhinaweg (messengers) for the ogimaag (chiefs). Marten is known as an outsider who stands outside of the circle of those warriors who appeal to the imagination and attract the most attention: the bear, the wolf, and the lynx. Marten is on the outside looking in. Certainly the other clans are seen as protector, but it is waabizheshi who fights for change, for what is right, who makes change with an amazing intellect and strategic mind. He or she defends those who commit themselves to the cultural and educative values and the environment, to a proper use of the land and its recources, and to the survival of the language, science, and art of the Anishinaabe People.
So, sometimes marten steps forward to protect the land or retrieve the language, keeps the culture by supporting those who are fighting for it, he is never one to take a back seat, actively doing what is right no matter the cost...Waabizheshi is gifted with a great and unlimited mental potential and, on a personal level, he helps others to reach theirs. Waabizheshi, in short, is a WARRIOR OF THE MIND.*