Rainy River Lives: Stories Told by Maggie Wilson

Rainy River Lives - Stories Told by Maggie Wilson / Online Shop / Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Rainy River Lives: Stories Told by Maggie Wilson

  • Paperback
  • University of Nebraska Press (2009)
  • SKU: 9780803220621
Regular price $35.00
/

Rainy River Lives is the long-lost collection of stories of Ojibwe men and women as told by a hitherto unpublished, traditional Ojibwe storyteller, Maggie Wilson (1879–1940). Wilson lived on the Manitou Rapids Reserve on the Rainy River, which flows along the Ontario-Minnesota border. When anthropologist Ruth Landes arrived at Rainy River to conduct her doctoral research in 1932, Wilson often worked with the young scholar, telling her many stories. Their relationship continued after Landes returned to Columbia University. During the following decades, however, the letters and stories Wilson had sent Landes, which Landes had carefully collected, were lost. Only recently were they discovered in the basement of the Smithsonian Institution, where they had been misfiled with papers of another anthropologist.

This rich set of narratives takes us inside the intimate world of Ojibwe families at the turn of the twentieth century, a time of great upheaval when the Ojibwes were being relocated onto reserves and required by the government to abandon their seasonal migrations and subsistence activities. These remarkably detailed stories of ordinary Native people, precisely through their everyday character, reveal much about Ojibwe cultural beliefs and paint a nuanced ethnographic portrait of Ojibwe life. In the distinctive voice of an exceptional and highly creative individual, the stories address both the culturally specific world of the Ojibwes and universal human themes of love, loss, and perseverance.

The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World  by Anton Treuer
The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World
Anton Treuer
$18.95
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
Anton Treuer
$17.95
Aanjikiing: Changing Worlds - An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral
Aanjikiing: Changing Worlds: An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral
Lee Obizaan Staples & Chato Ombishkebines Gonzalez
$30.00
Josie Dances by Denise Lajimodiere
Josie Dances
Denise Lajimodiere
$17.95
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Cynthia Leitich Smith
$16.99
Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings
Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings
Mary Siisip Geniusz
$22.95
Recently viewed