The Anishinaabe, otherwise named the Ojibwe or Chippewa, are
famous for their lyric songs and stories, particularly because of
their compassionate trickster, naanabozbo, and the healing rituals
still practiced today in the society of the Midewiwin. The poems
and tales, interpreted and reexpressed here by the distinguished
Anishinaabe author Gerald Vizenor, were first transcribed more than
a century ago by pioneering ethnographer Frances Densmore and
Theodore Hudson Beaulieu, a newspaper editor on the White Earth
Reservation in northern Minnesota.
This superb anthology, illustrated with tribal pictomyths and
helpfully annotated, includes translations and a glossary of the
Anishinaabe words in which the poems and stories originally were
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