This single-volume book provides a narrative history of the Chippewa tribe with attention to tribal origins, achievements, and interactions within the United States.
Unlike previous works that focus on the relationships of the Chippewa with the colonial governments of France, Great Britain, and the United States, this volume offers a historical account of the Chippewa with the tribe at its center. The volume covers Chippewa history chronologically from about 10,000 BC to the present and is geographically comprehensive, detailing Chippewa history as it occurred in both Canada and the United States, from the Great Lakes to Montana to adjacent Canadian provinces.
Written by a Chippewa scholar, the book synthesizes key scholarly contributions to Chippewa studies through the author's own interpretive framework and tells the history of the Chippewa as a story that encompasses the culture's traditions and continued tenacity. It is organized into chronological chapters that include sidebars and highlight notable figures for ease of reference, and a timeline and bibliography allow readers to identify causal relationships among key events and provide suggestions for further research.
• Surveys Chippewa history from 10,000 BC to the present, placing events within the context of North American, particularly United States, history
• Describes the cultural origin narrative of the Chippewa tribe and some of its variations
• Details the effects of United States policy on the Chippewa
• Conveys the tenacity of the Chippewa tribe as demonstrated by its survival for so many years
• Offers examples of a few of the many Chippewa who have contributed to tribal achievements
• Reflects the expertise of a Chippewa scholar
About the Author
Gregory O. Gagnon (Chippewa) is adjunct professor of Indian Law at Loyola University. He is a citizen of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa tribe.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
1 Chippewa Country-Anishinaabewaki 1
2 Traditional Foundations of Chippewa Worldview 21
3 Securing Chippewa Country, 1600-1736 41
4 Expanding Chippewa Country 61
5 American incorporation and Colonization 85
6 The Nadir of Chippewa Country 105
7 More Pieces of the Story of the Chippewa 129
8 Self-Government and Threatened Termination, 1935-1960s 151
9 Self-Determination and Civil Rights 165
10 The Story of the Chippewa Continues 185
About the Author 221