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Rainy River Lives: Stories Told by Maggie Wilson
Rainy River Lives is the long-lost collection of stories of Ojibwe men and women as told by a hitherto unpublished, traditional Ojibwe storyteller, Maggie Wilson (1879–1940). Wilson lived on the Manitou Rapids Reserve on the Rainy River, which flows along the Ontario-Minnesota border. When anthropologist Ruth Landes arrived at Rainy River to conduct her doctoral research i ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by University of Nebraska Press
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These are fascinating stories about the Ojibwe people in the early 20th/late 19th centuries who lived in northern Minnesota, western Ontario, and Manitoba. They wore moccasins; hunted and ate porcupine, bear, rabbit, and moose; picked blueberries and collected maple syrup seasonally; migrated from place to place by canoe; and lived in wigwams. A character might share her husband with another wife or she may have two husbands. There are harrowing stories of survival, with women lost in the bush, ...more