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Ogimaag : Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845 - Cary Miller


Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780803234048
Number Of Pages: 328

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Cary Miller's "Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845" reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, anthropologists who had studied Ojibwe leadership practices developed theories about human societies and cultures derived from the perceived Ojibwe model. Scholars believed that the Ojibwes typified an anthropological "type" of Native society, one characterized by weak social structures and political institutions. Miller counters those assumptions by looking at the historical record and examining how leadership was distributed and enacted long before scholars arrived on the scene. Miller uses research produced by Ojibwes themselves, American and British officials, and individuals who dealt with the Ojibwes, both in official and unofficial capacities. By examining the hereditary position of leaders who served as civil authorities over land and resources and handled relations with outsiders, the warriors, and the respected religious leaders of the Midewiwin society, Miller provides an important new perspective on Ojibwe history.

"Miller's work rests on a careful rereading of the colonial records of Ojibwe people in Wisconsin and Minnesota . . . a persuasive demonstration to reshape how scholars understand encounters between Anishinaabeg and Americans from the Anishinaabeg point of view."-American Historical Review
-- Susan E. Gray * American Historical Review *
"Miller does an excellent job arguing against ethnographic and scholarly accounts that cast Ojibwe institutions as primitive and convincingly demonstrates that scholars should not mistake the flexibility of Ojibwe institutions as weakness. A valuable contribution to Ojibwe history."-Western Historical Quarterly -- Erik Martin Redix * Western Historical Quarterly *
"Ogimaag is a powerful and dynamic portrayal of Anishinaabeg life and leadership at a critical time in North American history. It is, simply, a must read for historians, Native studies scholars and students, and anyone interested in Anishinaabeg culture and history."-Studies in American Indian Literature

* Studies in American Indian Literature *
"Ogimaag had to reflect the views of family leaders who made up village councils, women's councils, and the warriors. However, they had a great deal of decision-making power. The view of Chippewa society that emerges is of a complex society that was fluid, connected, spiritually based, and consensus dominated."-G. Gagnon, CHOICE -- G. Gagnon * CHOICE *
"Miller has written an important political and social history of a region all too often ignored by scholars interested in the early history of North America."-Michael Witgen, Minnesota History -- Michael Witgen * Minnesota History *

List of Illustrations
Power in the Anishinaabeg World
Ogimaag: Hereditary Leaders
Mayosewininiwag: Military Leaders
Gechi-Midewijig: Midewiwin Leaders
The Contest for Chiefly Authority at Fond du Lac
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ISBN: 9780803234048
ISBN-10: 080323404X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.56