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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850) was one of the first books of Indigenous history written by an Indigenous author. The book blends nature writing and narrative to describe the language, religious beliefs, stories, land, work, and play of the Ojibway people. Shelley Hulan’s afterword considers Copway’s rhetorical strategies in framing a narrative—she considers it a form of "history, interrupted"—for a non-Indigenous readership.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Editor's Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Book Contents, Dedication
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. 1. The Country of the Ojibways
  2. pp. 11-21
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  1. 2. Their Origin, or Course of Migration According to Their Traditions
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. 3. Their Wild Game
  2. pp. 26-35
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  1. 4. Plays and Exercises
  2. pp. 36-43
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  1. 5. Their Wars with the Sioux
  2. pp. 44-51
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  1. 6. Their War between the Iroquis and Western Hurons, Terminating in the Wars between the Ojibways and Iroquis in Canada West
  2. pp. 52-57
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  1. 7. The War between the Ojibways and the Eastern Iroquis
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. 8. The War between the Ojibways and the Eastern Iroquis
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. 9. Their Legendary Stories and Historical Tales
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. 10. Their Language and Their Writings
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. 11. Their Government
  2. pp. 97-103
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  1. 12. Their Religious Belief
  2. pp. 104-118
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  1. 13. The Ojibway or Chippeway Residents of Canada West
  2. pp. 119-131
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  1. 14. Missions and Improvements
  2. pp. 132-136
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  1. 15. The Early Discovery of the North-West—The First Traders and Adventurers
  2. pp. 137-153
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  1. 16. Further Notices of the North-West
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. 17. The North American Indians in General
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. Afterword, Further Reading
  2. pp. 191-208
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