"My Grandchildren," begins the contemporary narrator, "the Ojibway tales teach a philosophy for living. They tell of the purity of man and nature and keeping them in balance." Keeping life in balance was a major challenge for Minnesota's Ojibway people in the nineteenth century. White settlers overran their lands and did all they could to "civilize" the Ojibway -- to make them forget their history and traditions. With the art of a practiced storyteller, Ignatia Broker recounts the life of her great-great-grandmother, Ni-bo-wi-se-gwe- Night Flying Woman, or Oona, as she was called -- who lived during this chaotic time. Although her family was removed to White earth Reservation, Oona continued to absorb "the old ways" while being forced to learn the new. This is a story of enormous change, of uprootings, and of loss. But it is also tells of great strength and continuity. Ignatia Broker, who died in 1987, was a storyteller and teacher in the Ojibway tradition. Long associated with the Upper Midwest American Indian Center in Minneapolis, she was also a founder of the Minnesota Indian Historical Society. Her other publications include filmstrips, booklets and teacher guides for the Minneapolis Public Schools and the Indian Education Program at Cass Lake, Minnesota. In 1984 Broker received a Wonder Woman Foundation award honoring her as a woman striving for peace and equality.
This paperback is in very good condition with two cover creases.
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