- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking Adult (16. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0670023248
- ISBN-13: 978-0670023240
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- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 13,7 x 2,5 cm
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Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of the Community (Penguin's Library of American Indian History) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. Februar 2012
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"Brenda Child's moving portrayal of the often unrecognized but pivotal roles Ojibwe women played in community survival is, in its determination to record truth, itself an act of leadership--of intellectual sovereignty." — Kimberly Blaeser, author of Apprenticed to Justice
"An important, pathbreaking book, not merely a powerful corrective to books that focus on Indian males, but also a powerful corrective to the scholarship on Indian women largely written by non-Indian women."
— Jacqueline Peterson, Washington State University-Vancouver
"Not only does [Child] describe how and why Ojibwe women were essential to the survival of their culture and community, through her scholarship she demonstrates how this work is being accomplished today." — John Borrows, University of Minnesota
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Ms. Child presents an easy to read historical perspective that highlights the Ojibwe's perseverance and struggle for cultural survival from the 1800's, to present day urban migration. This tribal community, like many others, found itself victimized by treaties never honored, pushed onto reservations of dwindling sizes, and taxed unfairly as other "predators" wished them gone. The author presents the data and historical documents to back up her claims.
"Even the earliest Ojibwe women who married European fur traders worked to maintain the relationships... and 'remained consonant with indigenous behavioral standards,' because their children, extended family, and community depended on the ability of traders to procure goods and services and affirm alliances with indigenous people of the Great Lakes region." (p.49) Tribal and religious practices held steady up to a point and then melded with, or became disrupted by, Christianity over time.
Taking the reader through the chronology, Ms. Child exposes a critical truth: the cultivation of wild rice within the waters of the Great Lakes became a political issue requiring licensing. During the Great Depression, a "steady stream of whites" was noted entering the wild rice beds.
"They have been greedy and paid no attention to the natural laws regarding the plants reproduction. As a result, many of the better wild rice beds have been ruined by whites gathering the crop in an immature state." (p.115)
The clash of cultures is something Ms. Child notes carefully, calling upon research and notes by professionals as well as first person accounts.
The author includes the necessary data and documentation for her historical presentation. She remains objective, even as the truths of change and mistreatment of the Ojibwe emerge clearly for the reader. Her mission is well accomplished through it all; she beautifully illustrates and documents for all time the importance of Ojibwe women in the economic and social survival of the tribe, many of whose members continue to live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan today.
by Shawn LaTorre
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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