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Centering Anishinaabeg Studies
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For the Anishinaabeg people, who span a vast geographic region from the Great Lakes to the Plains and beyond, stories are vessels of knowledge. They are bagijiganan, offerings of the possibilities within Anishinaabeg life. Existing along a broad narrative spectrum, from aadizookaanag (traditional or sacred narratives) to dibaajimowinan (histories and news)—as well as everything in between—storytelling is one of the central practices and methods of individual and community existence. Stories create and understand, survive and endure, revitalize and persist. They honor the past, recognize the present, and provide visions of the future. In remembering, (re)making, and (re)writing stories, Anishinaabeg storytellers have forged a well-traveled path of agency, resistance, and resurgence. Respecting this tradition, this groundbreaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people’s stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large. Examining a range of stories and storytellers across time and space, each contributor explores how narratives form a cultural, political, and historical foundation for Anishinaabeg Studies. Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life. They are new and dynamic bagijiganan, revealing a viable and sustainable center for Anishinaabeg Studies, what it has been, what it is, what it can be.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page and Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Maajitaadaa: Nanaboozhoo and the Flood, Part 2
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Bagijige: Making an Offering
  2. pp. xv-xxvii
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  1. Eko-bezhig Bagijigan: Stories as Roots
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Is That All There Is? Tribal Literature
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Name’: Literary Ancestry as Presence
  2. pp. 13-34
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  1. Beshaabiiag G’gikenmaaigowag: Comets of Knowledge
  2. pp. 35-57
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  1. Eko-niizh Bagijigan: Stories as Relationships
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. The Story Is a Living Being: Companionship with Stories in Anishinaabeg Studies
  2. pp. 61-79
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  1. K’zaugin: Storying Ourselves into Life
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Teaching as Story
  2. pp. 103-115
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  1. Eko-niswi Bagijigan: Stories as Revelations
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. Every Dream Is a Prophecy: Rethinking Revitalization — Dreams, Prophets, and Routinized Cultural Evolution
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Constitutional Narratives: A Conversation with Gerald Vizenor -
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. And the Easter Bunny Dies: Old Traditions from New Stories
  2. pp. 149-170
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  1. Eko-niiwin Bagijigan: Stories as Resiliency
  2. pp. 171-172
  1. A Philosophy for Living: Ignatia Broker and Constitutional Reform among the White Earth Anishinaabeg
  2. pp. 173-189
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  1. A Perfect Copy: Indian Culture and Tribal Law
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. The Hydromythology of the Anishinaabeg: Will Mishipizhu Survive Climate Change, or Is He Creating It?
  2. pp. 213-233
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  1. Eko-naanan Bagijigan: Stories as Resistance
  2. pp. 235-236
  1. Wild Rice Rights: Gerald Vizenor and an Affiliation of Story
  2. pp. 237-257
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  1. Transforming the Trickster: Federal Indian Law Encounters Anishinaabe Diplomacy
  2. pp. 259-278
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  1. Theorizing Resurgence from within Nishnaabeg Thought
  2. pp. 279-293
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  1. Eko-ingodwaasi Bagijigan: Stories as Reclamation
  2. pp. 295-296
  1. Aadizookewininiwag and the Visual Arts: Story as Process and Principle in Twenty-First Century Anishinaabeg Painting
  2. pp. 297-316
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  1. Stories as Mshkiki: Reflections on the Healing and Migratory Practices of Minwaajimo
  2. pp. 317-339
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  1. Horizon Lines, Medicine Painting, and Moose Calling: The Visual/Performative Storytelling of Three Anishinaabeg Artists
  2. pp. 341-359
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  1. Eko-niizhwaasi Bagijigan: Stories as Reflections
  2. pp. 361-362
  1. Anishinaabeg Studies: Creative, Critical, Ethical, and Reflexive
  2. pp. 363-377
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  1. Telling All of Our Stories: Reorienting the Legal and Political Events of the Anishinaabeg
  2. pp. 379-396
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  1. On the Road Home: Stories and Reflections from Neyaashiinigiming
  2. pp. 397-407
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 409-417
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