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Following Nimishoomis

The Oral History Dediaayaanimanook Sarah Keesick Olsen

by (author) Helen Agger

Theytus Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2008
Native American
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
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Following Nimishoomis provides a detailed history of the Namegosibiing Trout Lake community in northwestern Ontario through the life story of Dedibaayaanimanook Sarah Keesick Olsen as told by her daughter. Namegosibiing was Dedibaayaanimanook's ancestral homeland where she was born in 1922 and where she gained firsthand knowledge about traditional teachings and ways of life. The story reveals, the many challenges faced by her community in that critical period of change in the early part of the 20th century. Dedibaayaanimanook grew up in a way that was hardly touched by Europeans, witnessed at a young age their increasing encroachment, and lived her adult life coping with the challenging changes by drawing on the worldviews instilled in her by her parents and grandparents. She raised a family of her own in a society dominated by European values and with a European partner, but she never forgot about the values of her own people.

About the author

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Helen Agger, </span>BHEc., MPAdm., grew up in Namegosibiing Trout Lake, the ancestral homeland of her mother's people since time beyond memory. With their Norwegian?born father setting their educational goals for them, Helen and her siblings lived with Caucasian families in Kenora during their elementary school years. Helen then moved to Winnipeg where she has lived for most of her adult life. She attended the University of Manitoba and received a Bachelor of Human Ecology and a Masters in Public Administration as a mature student. Helen is married and has a daughter. Helen currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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