Published on April 21, 2013 by Carol
Book title: History of the Ojibway People
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Author: William Warren
William W Warren’s “History of the Ojibway People” has long been recognised as a classic source on Ojibwe History and culture. Warren, the son of an Ojibwe woman, wrote his history in the hope of saving traditional stories for posterity even as he presented to the American public a sympathetic view of a people he believed were fast disappearing under the onslaught of a corrupt frontier population. He collected firsthand descriptions and stories from relatives, tribal leaders, and acquaintances and transcribed this oral history in terms that nineteenth-century whites could understand, focusing on warfare, tribal organisations, and political leaders. First published in 1885 by the Minnesota Historical Society, the book has also been criticised by Native and non-Native scholars, many of whom do not take into account Warren’s perspective, goals, and limitations. Now, for the first time since its initial publication, it is made available with new annotations researched and written by professor Theresa Schenck. A new introduction by Schenck also gives a clear and concise history of the text and of the author, firmly establishing a place for William Warren in the tradition of American Indian intellectual thought.