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Ojibway Ceremonies by Basil H. Johnston
Book DescriptionThe Ojibway Indians were first encountered by the French early in the seventeenth century along the northern shores of Lakes Huron and Superior. By the time Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized them in The Song of Hiawatha, they had dispersed over large areas of Canada and the United States, becoming known as the Chippewas in the latter. A rare and fascinating glimpse of Ojibway culture before its disruption by the Europeans is provided in Ojibway Ceremonies by Basil Johnston, himself an Ojibway who was born on the Parry Island Indian Reserve. Johnston focuses on a young member of the tribe and his development through participation in the many rituals so important to the Ojibway way of life, from the Naming Ceremony and the Vision Quest to the War Path, and from the Marriage Ceremony to the Ritual of the Dead. In the style of a tribal storyteller, Johnston preserves the attitudes and beliefs of forest dwellers and hunters whose lives were vitalized by a sense of the supernatural and of mystery.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803275737
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Basil H. Johnston
Anishinaubae Thesaurus, Paperback (December 2006)
The Anishinaubae (Chippewa/Ojibwe) language has a beauty in the spoken word, a deliberate rhythm, simplicity, and mysterious second meanings. This thesaurus contains a useful sampling of the 400,000 words that comprise the Anishinaubae language, and it is intended to be a reference tool for teachers, translators, interpreters, and orthographers.
Crazy Dave, Paperback (April 2002)
Through the story of his uncle David and grandmother Rosa, renowned native writer and storyteller Basil Johnston offers a funny, affectionate, and unforgettable portrait of reservation life.
Manitous, Paperback (December 1997)
A collection of the legends, wisdom and spiritual teachings of the Ojibway people, taken from the ancient oral tradition. The tales of the Manitous - spirits that infuse all living things - attempt to explain the mysterious ways of the world.
Indian School Days, Paperback (March 1995)» View all books by Basil H. Johnston
This is the autobiography of an Ojibway boy who was taken from his family in 1939 aged ten and placed in a Jesuit boarding school in northern Ontario. The school intended to assimilate Indian boys, but the pupils learned instead a subculture of survival that helped them cope with the alien setting.
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Author Biography - Basil H. Johnston
Basil Johnston (1929-2015) was a linguist and lecturer in the Department of Ethnology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. His other works include Ojibway Heritage, also a Bison Book.
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