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 Deeply observant poems from a Native American poet with a wry sense of humor: Many of the poems in National Monuments explore bodies, particularly the bodies of indigenous women worldwide, as monuments — in life, in photos, in graves, in traveling exhibitions, and in plastic representations at the airport. Erdrich sometimes imagines what ancient bones would say if they could speak. Her poems remind us that we make monuments out of what remains — monuments are actually our own imaginings of the meaning or significance of things that are, in themselves, silent.


A language carries a people's memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or as humorous tales. This collection of stories from Anishinaabe elders offers a history of a people at the same time that it seeks to preserve the language of that people. Based on interviews Treuer conducted with ten elders this anthol-ogy presents the elders' stories transcribed in Ojibwe with English translation on facing pages. These stories contain a wealth of information, including oral histories of the Anishinaabe people and personal reminiscences, educational tales, and humorous anecdotes. This dual-language text will prove instructive for those interested in Ojibwe language and culture, while the stories themselves offer the gift of a living language and the history of a people.  

John Nichols and Earl Nyholm are two of the top linguistic experts on the Ojibwe language, and this dictionary is a collaboration between the two of them. It contains many words for parts of modern life, but also a wealth of terms for traditional aspects of Ojibwe life . It may not have 100,000 words like large dictionaries of well-studied languages like English, but it does have over 7,000 (which, for a language like Ojibwe, which has only recieved a lot of serious scholarship relatively recently, is quite impressive). 


 With insight and candor, noted Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer traces thousands of years of the complicated
history of the Ojibwe people—their economy, culture, and clan system and how these have changed throughout time, perhaps most dramatically with the arrival of Europeans into Minnesota territory.


 In this latest effort, Ojibway scholar and writer Johnston continues his fine series of writings about his people and his experiences. Manitous are spiritual beings who have aided the Ojibway people since the world was created. Working roughly chronologically according to when the various manitous appeared in Ojibway history, Johnston begins with the creators, then follows the exploits of the half-human, half-manitou spiritual helpers of the Ojibway people. A preface and introduction put these stories in historical and cultural context, and a detailed glossary is handy to keep the many manitous straight.  


 Companion to the WDSE-TV (Duluth, MN) television series of the same name, this book presents a variety of information about the Ojibwe people of the upper Midwest. About 600 years ago, their ancestors migrated from the Atlantic coast to areas now part of the United States and Canada, including Ontario, Manitoba, ND, MN, WI, and MI. Using interview excerpts, photos, maps, artwork, historical analysis, and their own personal stories, Peacock an Ojibwe educator with a doctorate from Harvard and photographer Wisuri present the past and present of this diverse group as well as speculations on their future. These disparate elements are woven together to form a unified whole.  


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 published in 1885. 




 Frances Densmore, born in 1867, was one of the first ethnologists to specialize in the study of American Indian music and culture. Her book, first published in 1929, remains an authoritative source for the tribal history, customs, legends, traditions, art, music, economy, and leisure activities of the Chippewa Indians of the United States and Canada.  




Kids of all cultures journey through time with the Ojibwe people as their guide to the Good Path and its universal lessons of courage, cooperation, and honor. Through traditional native tales, hear about Grandmother Moon, the mysterious Megis shell, and the souls of plants and animals. Through Ojibwe history, learn how trading posts, treaties, and warfare affected Native Americans. Through activities designed especially for kids, discover fun ways to follow the Good Path's timeless wisdom every day. 


The Mishomis Book documents the history, traditions, and culture of the Ojibway people through stories and myths passed down through generations. Written by Ojibway educator and spiritual leader Edward Benton-Banai, and first published in 1988, The Mishomis Book draws from the traditional teachings of tribal elders to instruct young readers about Ojibway creation stories and legends, the origin and importance of the Ojibway family structure and clan system, the Midewiwin religion, the construction and use of the water drum and sweat lodge, and modern Ojibway history.


  Assissination of Hole in the Day: Relying on primary sources and extensive oral histories, Treuer explores the life and death of this brash young leader, and delves into tribal history and the intricate machinations of Ojibwa politics. After his father’s death in 1847, Hole in the Day the younger, at 19, inherited his father’s role as leader of the Gull Lake Ojibwa, boldly asserting his dominance over older, respected chiefs. He negotiated with white traders, both Catholic and Protestant missionaries, and the staff at the Indian agency, always knowing exactly when to forge friendships, lie, threaten, cajole, bully, and back down in his dealings with whites, the Dakota, and his own people.