Pub. Date: 2010
Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader
by Victory Brehm
Offering insight into the arts of Great Lakes Native nations, this collection of stories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiographies, and fiction, spans the centuries from deep past to the present. Elders, war chiefs, religious leaders, and contemporary artists share stories of the creation, stars, animals, heroes, and monsters, along with narratives of hunting, fishing, food-gathering, and war. Set in the natural environment of the seasonal year, the selections explain cultural concepts and show how modern Native literature reflects tradition.
"A comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary Great Lakes Native literatures—stories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiography, and fiction, enriched by music, visual arts, and a historic timeline." —OHS Bulletin (Ontario Historical Society)
Victoria Brehm, PhD, writes frequently about the Great Lakes. Her previous books include and , as well as scholarly studies of maritime history, women's literature, and regional culture. During a long career as a university professor, she frequently taught classes in Native literatures, women's literatures, and literatures of the Great Lakes region. She lives in Tustin, Michigan.