Within nineteenth-century Ojibwe/Chippewa medicine societies,
and in communities at large, animals are realities and symbols that
demonstrate cultural principles of North American Ojibwe nations.
Living with Animals presents over 100 images from oral and written
sources - including birch bark scrolls, rock art, stories, games,
and dreams - in which animals appear as kindred beings, spirit
powers, healers, and protectors.
Michael Pomedli shows that the principles at play in these
sources are not merely evidence of cultural values, but also unique
standards brought to treaty signings by Ojibwe leaders. In
addition, these principles are norms against which North American
treaty interpretations should be reframed. The author provides an
important foundation for ongoing treaty negotiations, and for what
contemporary Ojibwe cultural figures corroborate as ways of leading
a good, integrated life.
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