Holding Our World Together by Brenda J. Child
Ojibwe Women and the Survival of the Community (Penguin Library of American Indian History)

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A groundbreaking exploration of the remarkable women in Native American communities
 
In this well-researched and deeply felt account, Brenda J. Child, a professor and a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe tribe, gives Native American women their due, detailing the many ways in which they have shaped Native American life. She illuminates the lives of women such as Madeleine Cadotte, who became a powerful mediator between her people and European fur traders, and Gertrude Buckanaga, whose postwar community activism in Minneapolis helped bring many Indian families out of poverty. Moving from the early days of trade with Europeans through the reservation era and beyond, Child offers a powerful tribute to the courageous women who sustained Native American communities through the darkest challenges of the past three centuries.

 

About Brenda J. Child

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BRENDA J. CHILD, a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation, is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and the author of Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families: 1900–1940. She is also on the advisory board for the Penguin Library of American Indian History.
 
Published February 16, 2012 by Penguin Books. 238 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Poverty-relief programs run by New Deal agencies offered new employment opportunities, and the Ojibwe received funding to farm wild rice using modern methods.

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From the strategic alliances of the fur-trading days to the forced “civilization” of the reservation era, Child follows the ups and downs of white relations with the tribes and shows how women held communities together as removal policies and land theft disrupted the harmonious seasonal round...

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Child uses both chronological history and Ojibwe oral tradition to make the compelling and powerful point that women have been in the forefront of defending the Ojibwe way of life.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Focusing on the historic role of Ojibwe women, Child set out with a professional and personal goal to produce a work that, in her words, remembers “the work and vision of generations of Ojibwe women who shaped life in their communities, a force greater than treaties that binds us to our homeland....

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A captivating historical presentation of the Ojibwe women in communities that settled the Great Lakes area of the United States, this book by Ms.

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