Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa, 3rd Printing

Laduke, Winona|Peacock, Thomas|Wisuri, Marlene
Grade Levels:
Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Ojibwe, Woodland
Book Type:
Afton Historical Society Press
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Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in All Directions is an outstanding example of First Nations history from the Native perspective. Thomas Peacock is an Ojibwe educator and writer from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He is also an associate professor of education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This book is a personal history as well as a Nation's history told in a well-documented and informative style. The chapters begin with the author's personal anecdotes that relate to the topic. The first chapter is Ojibwemowin: Ojibwe Oral Tradition and it describes the importance of language, the oral tradition, storytelling, and the story of creation. The author relies on the Delaware Nation's Wallum Olum as a key source for Ojibwe history and origins. The next chapter is Gakina-awiiya: We are All Related and deals with Anishinabe world view and perspective of the natural world. It deals with the ideas of traditional nationhood and the impact of the coming of Europeans, the fur trade, treaties, termination, and self-determination. The third chapter is Gikinoo'amaadiwin: We Gain Knowledge and explores Ojibwe ways of learning and being through education and family systems. The chapter outlines traditional education methods, the clan system, the introduction of European-style education, colonization, and self-determination through education. The next chapter explores ideas of health and well-being in Bimaadiziwin: A Healthy Way of Life. The four spheres of personal and community health are documented as well as traditional methods of healing, medicines, the coming of Europeans and its impact on Native health, and contemporary responses to health and wellness. The next chapter documents Ojibwe leadership and governance in Gwayakochigewin: Doing Things the Right Way. The final chapter discusses Ojibwe traditional economy in Gaa-miinigooyang: That Which is Given to Us. This covers traditional methods of hunting, gathering, fishing as well as the introduction of the fur trade. It covers the loss of Ojibwe timber and mineral rights, farming, and the move to a new economy involving gambling and businesses on reservations. Each chapter contains numerous maps, colour and black and white photographs, artwork and first-hand accounts. This is a well organized, highly readable and important contribution to Ojibwe history. Winona LaDuke provides the foreword to this remarkable history. Unfortunately there is no index to access specific topics.

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