The Manitous

Basil H. Johnston
Grade Levels:
Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Ojibwe, Woodland
Book Type:
Minnesota Historical Society Press

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The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway is an outstanding collection of traditional Ojibwe legends and oral traditions by renowned author and storyteller Basil Johnston. In this collection, these lively, sometimes earthy stories teach about manitous who lived in human form among the Ojibway in the early days, after Kitchi-Manitou (the Great Mystery) created all things and Muzzu-Kummik-Quae (Mother Earth) revealed the natural order of the world. With depth and humour, Johnston tells how lasting tradition was brought to the Ojibway by four half-human brothers, including Nana'b'oozoo, the beloved archetypal being who means well but often blunders. He also relates how people are helped and hindered by other entities, such as the manitous of the forests and meadows, personal manitous and totems, mermen and merwomen, Pauguk (the cursed Flying Skeleton), and the Weendigoes, famed and terrifying giant cannibals.

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