Memories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader by William BerensMemories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader by William Berens

Memories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader

byWilliam Berens, Susan Gray, Jennifer S.H. Brown

Paperback | September 1, 2009

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Because the elderly chief wanted his visitor to understand the Ojibwe world, and because Hallowell was deeply interested in his subject matter and was such a good listener, Berens freely related his dreams and other stories about encounters with powerful beings. The fact that he also shared traditional myths in summer, when Ojibwe people thought it dangerous to discuss such things, shows the depth of his relationship with Hallowell. Berens' reminiscences and story and myth texts are unparalleled as sources for the life, experiences, and outlook of this important Ojibwe leader, and for the insights they provide into the history and culture of his people. Rooted in the collaboration between Berens as steward of his oral traditions and Hallowell as creator and guardian of their written versions, Memories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader draws the reader into the world - and world view - of Chief Berens, showing how an Aboriginal Christian of the early twentieth century could simultaneously take part in "modern" and "traditional" Ojibwe life.
A. Irving Hallowell (1892-1974) was an American anthropologist who taught for most of his life at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer S.H. Brown, FRSC, is director of the Centre for Rupert's Land Studies and holds a Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal history at the University of Winnipeg.
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Title:Memories, Myths, and Dreams of an Ojibwe LeaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.25 × 0.7 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773536051

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"A coherent and integrated study that makes a substantial contribution to the existing literature on Algonquian narration." Richard Preston, McMaster University