Since the 1970s, Louis Bird, a distinguished Aboriginal storyteller and historian, has been recording the stories and memories of Omushkego (Swampy Cree) communities along western Hudson and James Bays. In nine chapters, he presents some of the most vivid legends and historical stories from his collection, casting new light on his people’s history, culture, and values. Working with the editors and other contributors to provide background and context for the stories, he illuminates their many levels of meaning and brings forward the value system and world-view that underlie their teachings.
Students of Aboriginal culture, history, and literature will find that this is no ordinary book of stories compiled from a remote, disconnected voice, but rather a project in which the teller, deeply engaged in preserving his people’s history, language, and values, is committed to bringing his listeners and readers as far along the road to understanding as he possibly can.
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About the authors
Barbara H. Rosenwein`s other works include Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe and To Be the Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny`s Property. She is a professor in the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago.
Paul DePasquale is Associate Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches courses on Aboriginal literature and on early modern European travel and colonialism.