Friday, January 14, 2011

Exploring the Fur Trade Routes of North America- Barbara Huck 285 pgs

"Introductory chapters explore the history of the fur trade, tracing the main routes the voyageurs (which included some MN Native peoples and those of mixed heritage) and traders followed as they headed westward (including Grand Portage, Pine City, Voyageurs National Park, and various sites along the Superior). Several sections have been written by avid canoeists. Generously illustrated with color photographs. Maps and detailed driving directions guide present-day travelers"

*various chapters-only certain ones detail MN*

Ojibwa Crafts - Carrie A. Lyford 216 pgs

This books describes in detail the traditional tribal ways of the Ojibwa (Chippewa) of the Great Lakes region.  This book includes: Maple Sugar making, Wild Rice harvesting, Birch Bark work, Tanning, Quill and bead work, Native dyes, and information on everyday neccessities such as shelter, foods, clothing and ceremonials.

Pushing the Bear: a Novel of the Trail of Tears – Diane Glancy 241 pgs

"Following the Native American belief that many voices are needed to tell a story, Glancy employs a multitude of narrators in this historical fictional piece about the Trail of Tears. There are the voices of Cherokee of all ages and clans, of white soldiers and preachers, and snatches from actual historical records. The central narrator, Maritole, emerges to tell her personal story of "pushing the bear," a dark heavy burden of anger, impending madness, physical distress and, above all, doubt in herself and her heritage as she perseveres in the grueling walk".

MN Lang Arts   This Native author used source materials about the Cherokee Trail of Tears and transformed the info into a new piece of wrok.  A great example of voice, as many characters' thoughts actions are used.  The reader gets a perspective of all sides.

Walking the Rez Road-Jim Northrup 175 pgs

 This is a book which alternate betwee short stories and poems featuring Luke Warmwater as a main character. Luke, who is a Vietnam veteran, is having difficulty 'surviving the peace' on a reservation where everyone is broke and where the tribal government seems to work against the interests of the reservation folk. Throughout Walking the Rez Road, the humor holds the people and their community together.
B&          (*some mature content)

MN Lang Arts standard  use poem on pg 164 to compare/contrast other texts of Vietnam/war.

MN Lang Arts standard   use poem on pg 14 to compare / contrast w/ another text on the same topic.

Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative -by Ignatia Broker 133 pgs

"Ignatia Broker recounts the life of her great-great-grandmother, Night Flying Woman, who was born in the mid-19th century and lived during a chaotic time of enormous change, uprootings, and loss for the Minnesota Ojibway. But this story also tells of her people's great strength and continuity. This popular book is also available on audiotape read by Debra Smith. An enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, she has performed her own poetry on a syndicated radio series on Native writers.
Ignatia Broker, who died in 1987, was a story-teller and teacher in the Ojibway tradition.".

MN Lang Arts standard  This novel is an excellent example of oral tradition and how it is used to create a work of literature.