Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders
Edited by Beth Tornes; photography by Greg Gent / $24.95 / Published
by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and available from
of Wisconsin Press.
A collection of interviews with fifteen Ojibwe elders of the Lac du Flambeau
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin. The elders, in
their seventies and eighties when interviewed, all experienced enormous changes
in their lifetimes. In their stories they discuss the traditions and beliefs
that the Ojibwe have maintained despite attempts at forced assimilation on the
part of the U.S. government and others. Their stories are testimony to the enduring
strength of the Ojibwe people and their way of life.
Most historical accounts of the Ojibwe have been written by Americans of European
descent. This book tells the history of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe in their
own words. It also includes a historical introduction by Leon Valliere, Jr.,
going back four hundred years to Lac du Flambeau's original settlement. A black-and-white
photographic portrait of each elder prefaces each interview, and historical
photos from the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center collection
illustrate the text.
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