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Volume 2  March, 2011

Book lets Great Lakes American Indians tell their own story
Read the entire article:  http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/12/book_lets_great_lakes_american.html
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starsong.jpgBefore Europeans invaded, North American's native peoples used stories, poetry, and songs to orally pass down their history to future generations.

The Creation stories were told in their own languages and established a sense of belonging to Mother Earth. The prophecies in these stories alsoguided their futures.

For today's American Indians, these oral stories are part of their cultural and tribal identities.

A new book, “Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader,” is a collection of oral traditions from the Great Lakes region. The book was edited by Victoria Brehm, a former professor of English literature at Grand Valley State University.

Brehem spent 12 years researching, verifying and editing Star Songs. Her efforts show: "Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader" is over 500 pages long. 

Brehm has also done extensive work on other Great Lake area books. These include “Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits: Stories of the Great Lakes” and “The Women’s Great Lakes Reader.” She also edited “A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography” by Eliza Morrison.

In “Star Songs and Water: A Great Lakes Native Reader”   also bridges historic American Indians such as Tenskwatawa, with today's American Indian writers.

One story is “I Know What You Mean, Edrdupps MacChurbbs: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors” by Gerarld Vizenor. Vizenor, a mixed-blood Ojibwe, provides an inside look at AIM
[American Indian Movement] leaders who helped Leech Lake Reservation fight for their treaty fishing rights.

Vizenor ends up becoming Dennis Banks’ chauffeur. Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement in 1968.

Another story is taken from “Queen of the Woods” by Simon Pokagon, a Potawatomi who became a keynote speaker at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Pokagon writes: “ . . . I had attended the white man’s school for several years, I had an innate desire to retire into the wild woods, far from the haunts of civilization.”  Pokagon then argues that even non-Indians would want to return to the woods, as well.

 

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Volume 2
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Book Lets Great Lakes American Indians Tell Their Own Story
Volume 3
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The Top 11 Corporate Cash Hoarders
Volume 4
Donna Karan Collaborates With an Indigenous Artist as Part of "Nomad Two Worlds" Art Exhibit
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