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History of the Ojibway People
During the early period of white settlement, William Warren-the son of a white man and an Ojibway woman-recorded the oral traditions of the Ojibway Indians of the Upper Mississippi and Lake Superior regions. His vivid descriptions include Ojibway customs, family life, totemic system, hunting methods, and relations with other tribal groups and with the whites. First ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Minnesota Historical Society Press
(first published March 1984)
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This is an incredible book, an incredible look inside the Ojibway culture back before the traditional ways had completely disappeared. Written in 1852 by an astutely observant Ojibway/Yankee author, he collected the oral traditional stories from lots of tribal elders from around both the southern & northern shores of Lake Superior, and put together what I think is the best history of a tribal people, from inside the tribe, that I have ever read. He was completely aware of the ambiguities ...more
A well written 19th century history of a once-powerful tribe of the Great Lakes Area. Though, there are some inaccuracies (as notated in the footnotes), I feel the author was as truthful and as accurate as he could be. I recommend this book for those interested in the French and Indian War, the history of the fur trade, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 as well as general American history.
I'm dragging with this book. I have to admit I'm only on page 111. It's challenging for me to stay with it. But as I was reading about people being burned alive and eaten last night, I thought, "I have 12 days before this is due back to the library, I think I can do it."