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Added: 1-24-2012 10:08 AM

A tiny, independent bookstore located in Minneapolis, MN provides a locus for Native intellectual life. Native owned, this cozy neighborhood bookstore has online ordering. They find and stock the very best in children's books, with a special emphasis on Native American titles.

By: John D. Nichols and Earl Nyholm | Added: 12-02-2011 10:36 AM

Probably the most widely used Ojibwe language dictionary in Minnesota includes translations from/to both English and Ojibwe.

By: Frances Densmore | Added: 9-19-2011 12:30 PM

Exact reproduction of a book published before 1923.

By: Frances Densmore | Added: 9-19-2011 12:33 PM

Reproduction of a book published before 1923.

By: Katharine Judson | Added: 9-19-2011 12:36 PM

Timeless tales collected almost 100 years ago represent the diversity and richness of American Indian cultures from around the Great Lakes region.

By: Victor Barnouw | Added: 9-19-2011 12:38 PM

Originally published in 1977 was the first collection of Chippewa folklore to prove a comparative and sociological context for the tales.

By: Ellis William Hodgson | Added: 9-19-2011 12:48 PM

Pre- 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.

By: William M. Clements | Added: 9-19-2011 12:49 PM

In Euroamerican annals of contact with Native Americans, Indians have consistently been portrayed as master orators who demonstrate natural eloquence during treaty negotiations, councils, and religious ceremonies. Esteemed by early European commentators more than indigenous storytelling, oratory was in fact a way of establishing self-worth among Native Americans, and might even be viewed as their supreme literary achievement. William Clements now explores the reasons for the acclaim given to Native oratory.

By: Barbara Alice Mann | Added: 9-19-2011 12:51 PM

This collection of essays examines, in context, eastern Native American speeches, which are translated and reprinted in their entirety. Anthologies of Native American orators typically focus on the rhetoric of western speakers but overlook the contributions of Eastern speakers. The roles women played, both as speakers themselves and as creators of the speeches delivered by the men, are also commonly overlooked. Finally, most anthologies mine only English-language sources, ignoring the fraught records of the earliest Spanish conquistadors and French adventurers. This study fills all these gaps and also challenges the conventional assumption that Native thought had little or no impact on liberal perspectives and critiques of Europe.

By: Louise Erdrich | Added: 9-19-2011 12:52 PM

The stunning first novel in Louise Erdrich's Native American series, Love Medicine tells the story of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Written in Erdrich's uniquely poetic, powerful style, it is a multi-generational portrait of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is love medicine.

By: Heid E. Erdrich | Added: 9-19-2011 12:55 PM

In this anthology, 49 women share their experiences as Native Americans through poetry, essays, and short fiction. Divided into four sections "Changing Women," "Strong Hearts," "New Age Pocahontas," and "In the Arms of the Skies" the selections focus on the centrality of the Native experience. Writers including Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, and Roberta Hill tell of harsh mothers, gentle mothers, drunken fathers, strong fathers, and children growing up in a white world. The range of the collection is represented by the titles "First Woman," "Shadow Sisters," "Piece Quilt: An Autobiography," "Red Hawk Woman," "Grandmother, Salish Mathematician," and "The Frybread Queen," among others.

By: John Rogers | Added: 9-19-2011 12:57 PM

In reminiscing about his early years on Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation at the turn of the century, John Rogers reveals much about the life and customs of the Chippewas. He tells of food-gathering, fashioning bark canoes and wigwams, curing deerskin, playing games, and participating in sacred rituals. These customs were to be cast aside, however, when he was taken to a white school in an effort to assimilate him into white society. In the foreword to this new edition, Melissa L. Meyer places Roger’s memoirs within the story of the White Earth Reservation.

By: Ignatia Broker | Added: 9-19-2011 12:58 PM

With the art of a practiced storyteller, Ignatia Broker recounts the life of her great-great-grandmother, Night Flying Woman, who was born in the mid-19th century and lived during a chaotic time of enormous change, uprootings, and loss for the Minnesota Ojibway. But this story also tells of her people's great strength and continuity.

By: Maude Kegg | Added: 9-19-2011 1:00 PM

Maude Kegg's memories build a bridge to a time when building birch-bark wigwams and harvesting turtles were still part of the everyday life of a native girl in the mid-west. In this bilingual book, this elder of the Minnesota Anishinaabe reminisces about her childhood. An English translation of each story appears on pages facing the original Ojibwe text, and the editor John Nicholds has included a full Ojibwe-English glossary with study aids. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

By: Ron Paquin | Added: 9-19-2011 1:02 PM

Paquin presents through his own life an unvarnished account of the bleak existence of many Native Americans today. An extremely deprived childhood, in which his family often had only potatoes to eat, made him more aware of his poverty than of his Indianness. He was beaten at home and turned to petty thievery. A teenage alcoholic, he was in and out of reform school, prison and mental hospitals, winding up on skid row, one of the working poor of economically depressed Michigan. Radicalized in his 30s, Paquin became an advocate of Native fishing rights. Only this, and the love of his wife (whom he eventually lost to a massive coronary) helped turn him around. The book is told in plain, earthy, at times only semi-literate English. It reflects no longing for the "good ole days" or for traditional ways.

By: Winona Laduke | Added: 9-19-2011 1:06 PM

A powerful first novel that presents the lives of seven generations of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa) from initial contact with whites in the 1860s to a surprisingly utopian peak in conditions early in the next century. LaDuke's characters are as vital and fully realized as any in a Louise Erdrich novel, but instead of dwelling on the quiet desperation of their lives, as Erdrich so often does, LaDuke finds ways for them to surmount their circumstances and offer support for one another.

By: R. David Edmunds | Added: 9-19-2011 1:09 PM

"Enduring Nations" documents how tribal peoples have adapted to cultural change while shaping midwestern history. Examining the transformation of Native American communities, which often occurred in response to shifting government policy, the contributors explore the role of women, controversial tribal enterprises and economies, social welfare practices, and native peoples' frequent displacement to locations such as reservations and urban centers. Central to both past and contemporary discussions of Native American cultural change is whether Native American identity should be determined by genetics, shared cultural values, or a combination of the two.

By: Peter G. Beidler | Added: 9-19-2011 1:11 PM

A conscientious reader who uses this handbook as it is intended––to facilitate the considerable intellectual work that Erdrich’s texts demand––will find that it enhances the pleasure of traveling the road to full appreciation of Erdrich’s achievement. Including this text with Erdrich’s novels as required reading in literature classes will, without a doubt, lead students quickly to higher, more insightful levels of discussion and writing than they might otherwise have reached within the span of a single course.”

By: Louise Erdrich | Added: 9-19-2011 1:14 PM

Erdrich retrieves characters from her first novel, Love Medicine , to depict the escalating conflict between two Chippewa families, a conflict begun when hapless Eli Kashpawwho has passionately pursued the fiery, elemental Fleur Pillageris made to betray her with young Sophie Morrissey through the magic of the vengeful Pauline. That simple summary belies the richness and complexity of the tale, told in turn to Fleur's estranged daughter by her "grandfather," the wily Nanapush, and by Pauline, a woman of mixed blood and mixed beliefs soon to become the obsessive Sister Leopolda. As the community is eroded from withoutby white man's venalityand from within, even Fleur must realize that "power goes under and gutters out."

By: Louise Erdrich | Added: 9-19-2011 1:15 PM

Fleur Pillager, one of Erdrich's most intriguing characters, embarks on a path of revenge in this continuation of the Ojibwe saga that began with Tracks. As a young woman, Fleur journeys from her native North Dakota to avenge the theft of her land. In Minneapolis, she locates the grand house of the thief: one John James Mauser, whom she plans to kill. But Fleur is patient and stealthy; she gets herself hired by Mauser's sister-in-law, Polly Elizabeth, as a laundress. Polly acts as the household manager, tending to the invalid Mauser as well as her sister, the flaky and frigid Placide. Fleur upends this domestic arrangement by ensnaring Mauser, who marries her in a desperate act of atonement. Revenge becomes complicated as Fleur herself suffers under its weight: she descends into alcoholism and gives birth to an autistic boy. In Erdrich's trademark style, chapters are narrated by alternating characters—in this case Polly Elizabeth, as well as Nanapush, the elderly man from Tracks, and his wife, Margaret. (Nanapush and Margaret's relationship, and the jealousies and revenge that ensue, play out as a parallel narrative.) More so than in other of Erdrich's books, this tale feels like an insider's experience: without the aid of jacket copy, new readers will have trouble feeling a sure sense of place and time. And Fleur herself—though fascinating—remains elusive. Nevertheless, the rich detail of Indian culture and community is engrossing, and Erdrich is deft (though never heavy-handed) in depicting the struggle to keep this culture alive in the face of North American "progress."

By: Gerald Vizenor | Added: 9-19-2011 1:17 PM

Vizenor reveals in Native Liberty the political, poetic, visionary, and ironic insights of personal identity and narratives of cultural sovereignty. He examines singular acts of resistance, natural reason, literary practices, and other strategies of survivance that evade and subvert the terminal notions of tragedy and victimry.

By: Gerald Vizenor | Added: 9-19-2011 1:18 PM

"The inventor of invention rides again. In this book, the master trickster takes on the disciplines of visual art, narrative, and song in his ongoing campaign against victimry, to set natives upright and to insure the truth of native survival. Gerald Vizenor is the healer of irony with his focus on the native paradigm.

By: Thompas Peacock | Added: 9-19-2011 1:22 PM

This book presents a variety of information about the Ojibwe people of the upper Midwest. About 600 years ago, ancestors migrated from the Atlantic coast to areas now part of the United States and Canada, including Ontario, Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. 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.

By: Thomas Peacock | Added: 9-19-2011 1:23 PM

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.

By: Christin Ditchfield | Added: 9-19-2011 1:36 PM

Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers.