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Spirit of the Ojibwe

Images of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders

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Spirit of the Ojibwe by Sara Balbin
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"These extraordinary portraits of Ojibwe elders convey the warmth, the kindness, the humor, and the ongoing endurance of our people. What a thoughtful celebration!"--Louise Erdrich Spirit of the Ojibwe is an intimate gathering of oral biographies and stunning color portraits of thirty-two Lac Courte Oreilles Indian elders painted by artist Sara Balbin. Their tribal history, told in story and image, is a compelling tale of how one people courageously adapted and triumphed over cultural oppression, broken government treaties, and the deliberate flooding of their reservation by the Wisconsin-Minnesota Power & Light Company. First settled in the Lac Courte Oreilles region of northwestern Wisconsin in the 1740s, the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe is today one of the most progressive native groups in the United States. This is a people who still live close to nature's rhythms, and these stories reveal their tribal history, traditions, migrations, spiritual practices, and clan structure. The tribal elders are keepers of knowledge and never stop teaching. Sara Balbin is a Cuban-born visual artist who has for the past thirty years painted portraits of Ojibwe elders from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She operates Dragonfly Studio in the township of Drummond, Wisconsin. Thelma Nayquonabe is an Ojibwe and Tribal member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. She is currently the Early Childhood Education Program director and instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College. James R. Bailey was a reporter for News from Indian Country and Ojibwe Akiing. For seven years, he was the development director of WOJB, the Lac Courte Oreilles' 100,000-watt public radio station.

Author Biography

Sara Balbin, Cuban-born visual artist, has for the past 30 years painted portraits of Ojibwe elders from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior tribe of Chippewa Indians. She operates Dragonfly Studio in Drummond, WI. Thelma Nayquonabe is currently the Early Childhood Education Program Director and Instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. James R. Bailey was a reporter for News from Indian Country and Ojibwe Asking. For seven years, he was the development director of WOJB, the Lac Courte Oreilles 100,000-watt public radio station.
Release date Australia
July 3rd, 2012
Pages
261
Illustrations
Halftones, color; Halftones, black and white; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Holy Cow Press
Dimensions
201x251x20
ISBN-13
9780982354506
Product ID
3836003

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