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The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation

by (author) George Copway

afterword by Shelley Hulan

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Category
Cultural Heritage
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554589876
    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
    $17.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554589760
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $24.99

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The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850) was one of the first books of Indigenous history written by an Indigenous author. The book blends nature writing and narrative to describe the language, religious beliefs, stories, land, work, and play of the Ojibway people. Shelley Hulan's afterword considers Copway's rhetorical strategies in framing a narrative—she considers it a form of "history, interrupted"—for a non-Indigenous readership.

About the authors

Born in 1818 into an Anishinaabe family in the Rice Lake area of what is now Ontario, George Copway's autobiography, The Life, History and Travels of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (1847), was the first book-length work by an Indigenous author in Canada. Copway went on to author several other works, including The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850).

George Copway's profile page

Shelley Hulan is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, where she teaches early Canadian literature. She is a co-editor of Literature, Rhetoric, and Values: Selected Proceedings (2011) and a contributor to National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada(WLU Press, 2010)

Shelley Hulan's profile page

Other titles by George Copway