In The Forever Sky by Thomas Peacock, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe Ojibwe, and illustrated by Annette Lee, Lakota-Sioux, this lyrical book narrates how brothers look to the stars and spin stories, some inspired by Uncle, some of their own making. The best one involves their grandmother and her place in the forever sky.
Ojibway Music From Minnesota: A Century of Song for Voice and Drum CD is part of the Minnesota Musical Traditions Series produced by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. This 39-minute audio CD with traditional and contemporary Ojibwe songs includes a 56-page booklet. Ethnomusicologist Thomas Vennum compiled the 15 songs and wrote the text for this publication. Songs include five powwow songs performed by drum groups such as the Kingbird Singers, Leech Lake Intertribal Singers, White Fish Bay Singers, Ponemah Ramblers, and the Red Lake Singers.
Dakota Women's Work: Creativity, Culture, and Exile is a 2012 release from the Minnesota Historical Society Press that deals with the history of Dakota women in Minnesota from the early 1800s to the United States-Dakota War of 1862. The book, written by Collette Hyman is part of its larger effort to discuss the war, and its aftermath, during the 150th anniversary of the war that pitted the Dakota against Europeans in the Minnesota River Valley.
Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View From the Rez is a selection of Ojibwe newspaper columnist Jim Northrup's offerings written between 1989-2001 as his Fond du Lac Follies. Filled with Ojibwe humour, dry wit, and effectively biting commentary, the book reads like a storyteller is present. Each entry is brief and reflects on topics such as casinos, treaties, identity, language, community, family, and sovereignty. Northrup is an award-winning journalist, poet, and playwright and the author of Rez Road Follies and Walking the Rez Road.
The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom is a valuable resource book about the spirituality, values, and beliefs of the Ojibwe. This helpful resource is written by Thomas Peacock (A professor of education at University OF Minnesota Duluth) and Marlene Wisuri (Director of The Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet, Minnesota). The book is organized around the traditional teachings about the Four Hills of Life. The first hill is termed Abinoojiiyensag and covers the story of the beginning of life from conception to the birth of the baby.
In Ojibwe In Minnesota: The People of Minnesota, noted Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer, traces thousands of years of the complicated history of the Ojibwe people-their economy, culture, and clan system and how these have changed throughout time, perhaps most dramatically with the arrival of Europeans into Minnesota territory. Ojibwe in Minnesota covers the fur trade, the Iroquois Wars, and Ojibwe-Dakota relations; the treaty process and creation of reservations; and the systematic push for assimilation as seen in missionary activity, government policy, and boarding schools.
The Ojibwa Dance Drum: Its History and Construction was first published in 1982 and is reissued by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Thomas Vennum is an ethnomusicologist at the Smithsonian Institution and his main informant for the study was the noted Ojibwe drummaker and singer William Bineshi Baker Sr. The history section of the text covers the historical and anthropological literature about the drum dance. In the section about construction, the authoritative voice of the Ojibwe drummaker is heard and quoted.
Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief, and a Native Culture in Motion is based on the author's thesis that explores the nature of Christianity and religious music as it is practiced on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. This reprint edition is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The author is an associate professor of religion at Carleton College in Minnesota and he draws on a scholarly methodology, historical research, and fieldwork in this study of the role of singing hymns in Ojibwe.
Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought offers a new opinion of the contribution made by Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939). Eastman also known as Ohiyesa was born into a traditional Dakota family and later converted to Christianity and attended medical school. Returning to his homeland, Eastman worked as a doctor during the Wounded Knee massacre. His views on American society were seriously called into question after this devastating experience.
We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People is a stunning collection of more than 200 archival photographs of Minnesota Ojibwe men, women and children taken by a variety of photographers from the 1860s to around 1950. The images range from daguerreotypes to studio portraits to snapshots, and reflect the staged images created by non-Ojibwe photographers, as well as the highly personal Ojibwe family photograph albums.