Red Lake Nation: Portraits of Ojibway Life by Charles Brill

By Charles Brill

Indicates and describes Ojibwa everyday life, seems at how they've got tailored to trendy occasions, and records carrying on with traditions and rituals.

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The expression "square wheels" is not a cold-weather joke. When the temperature drops below -15°, nylon tires freeze in the parked position. 58 And for the first few hundred feet one is driving on square wheels. Often the sunrise is marked with small rainbows of "diamond dust" created by the suspension of minute ice crystals in the air. And on some mornings the frost mist will cover the land like a fog. Loggers heat their midday meal by warming coffee and toasting sandwiches over an open fire. " Although a man may still choose to support his family by fishing or working in the woods, the once-common seasonal activities of gathering maple sugar, drying berries and fruits, and preparing meats have in part been replaced by the monthly distribution of United States Department of Agriculture surplus food commodities, the home freezer, and weekly trips to the supermarkets in Bemidji.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. the the the the the our our our our our woods lake wildlife hospital doctors law fish family dentists teachers" Helen Sayers Grade 5, St. Mary's Mission School, 1973 32 Faces of the People 'In their continual effervescence of animal spirits, open-heartedness, and joviality, [the French voyageurs] agreed fully with the like characteristics possessed by the Ojibways. Some of my readers may be surprised at my thus placing the Indian on a par with the laughter-loving Frenchman, for the reason that he has ever been represented as a morose, silent, and uncommunicative being.

There are some Indian teachers in the elementary and vocational schools and as positions are vacated an active effort is made to recruit qualified Indian teachers. In 1960 there were fourteen high school graduates from Redlake school; in 1973 there were thirty-two. Between 90 and 95 percent of the graduating seniors now enter college or technical-vocational schools. The availability of BIA financial aids, state school Indian grants, and Office of Equal Opportunity grants has in recent years given any qualified Indian student the opportunity to go on to advanced education.

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