Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

"The mythical Mozhay Point Indian Reservation and allotment lands of the Ojibwe extended families in these stories are in the heart of the six reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, a few hours' drive north of Duluth, Minnesota, which is a hill city on the shores of Lake Superior."

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The Dance Boots

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pp. 1-19

"We Ojibwe believe that God the Creator has put each of us in the living world with a gift or talent, something that we are supposed to search for in ourselves, thank Him for, and contribute to those we share the world with. We are each born for a purpose, each with..."

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Three Seasons

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pp. 20-41

"When Maggie fled her family home on the Mozhay Point Indian Reservation headed for the railroad tracks that led to Duluth, it was without her husband, who was because of her lying unconscious on the floor next to the woodstove, or her three oldest children, who in..."

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Maggie and Louis, 1914

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pp. 42-58

"The first time Maggie saw Louis she was sitting at the work table in the laundry building, next to the window for the light, mending stockings. She sat erect on the wooden chair, her body held inches away from the back in order to demonstrate proper posture to the..."

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Refugees Living and Dying in the West End of Duluth

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pp. 59-76

"We wouldn't be back at Aunt Babe's house until two years later, the afternoon in 1970 after Louis's funeral, which would be in most ways but not all a different type of gathering. After the funeral, the dining room would look bare, the chairs moved back against the walls..."

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Shonnud's Girl

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pp. 77-99

"The horses lived on the other side of the wooden fence at the edge of Mr. McCuskey's farm, in their own horse paradise of woods and meadow and barn. Violet and I secretly rode them from time to time both summers we lived there, in the meadow that like the..."

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Ojibwe Boys

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pp. 100-121

"Setting pins at the Palace Bowl was repetitious work. To do it took rhythm, but not the kind of rhythm that let you forget about what you were doing and think of other things-that was Punk's advice. A lot of guys had gotten hurt that way, he told us that first night."

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Four Indians in the Mirror

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pp. 122-128

"Joe Washington watched the three of them in the mirror. Him, Mickey, and Louis. Three Indians sitting at the bar in the Viking, their faces reflected in a blemished mirror through moving clouds of cigarette smoke."

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Bingo Night

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pp. 129-152

"Good girl. She's a good old girl, Bineshii. Gets us where we want to go.' Earl's car, a green Falcon, was coated with red taconite dust from the road to Mesabi, where he had driven Alice earlier in the day to buy new winter boots, a Harlequin romance,..."