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Minnesota Historical Society Press
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When Ojibwe historian Brenda Child uncovered the Bureau of Indian Affairs file on her grandparents, it was an eye-opening experience. The correspondence, full of incendiary comments on their morals and character, demonstrated the breathtakingly intrusive power of federal agents in the early twentieth century. While telling her own family’s stories from the Red Lake Reservation, as well as stories of Ojibwe people around the Great Lakes, Child examines the disruptions and the continuities in daily work, family life, and culture faced by Ojibwe people of Child’s grandparents’ generation—a generation raised with traditional lifeways in that remote area. The challenges were great: there were few opportunities for work. Government employees and programs controlled reservation economies and opposed traditional practices. Nevertheless, Ojibwe men and women—fully modern workers who carried with them rich traditions of culture and work—patched together sources of income and took on new roles as labor demands changed through World War I and the Depression. Child writes of men knocking rice at wild rice camps, work customarily done by women; a woman who turns to fishing and bootlegging when her husband is unable to work; and women who carry out traditional healing ceremonies. All of them, faced with dispossession and pressure to adopt new ways, managed to retain and pass on their Ojibwe identity and culture to their children.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Writing Reservation Histories
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. A Family at Work
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  1. 1. Marriage and the Work on the Reservation: Fred Auginash or Nahwahjewun of Big Sandy Lake
  2. pp. 17-52
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  1. 2. The Welfare of the Family: Practicing Religion on the Reservation
  2. pp. 53-82
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  1. Families at Work
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  1. 3. An Ojibwe Fishery Story: Ojibwe Labor during World War I
  2. pp. 85-124
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  1. 4. Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: The Influenza of 1918-19
  2. pp. 125-160
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  1. 5. My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Labor, Gender, and the Great Depression
  2. pp. 161-192
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-215
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 216-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-241
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  1. Photo Credits
  2. pp. 242-242
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 243-243
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780873519380
Related ISBN
9780873519243
MARC Record
OCLC
896371936
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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