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The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway
Contributor(s): Benton-Banai, Edward (Photographer)

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ISBN: 0816673829     ISBN-13: 9780816673827
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: January 2010
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places - United States - Native American
Dewey: 398.208
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 8.4" W x 8.4" (0.65 lbs) 114 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Native American
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Maps, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, Nominee, Children's Literature, 2010
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Publisher Description:
The Ojibway is one of the largest groups of Native Americans, belonging to the Anishinabe people of what is today the northern United States and Canada. The Mishomis Book documents the history, traditions, and culture of the Ojibway people through stories and myths passed down through generations. Written by Ojibway educator and spiritual leader Edward Benton-Banai, and first published in 1988, The Mishomis Book draws from the traditional teachings of tribal elders to instruct young readers about Ojibway creation stories and legends, the origin and importance of the Ojibway family structure and clan system, the Midewiwin religion, the construction and use of the water drum and sweat lodge, and modern Ojibway history.
Written for readers from all cultures-but especially for Ojibway and Native youth-The Mishomis Book provides an introduction to Ojibway culture and an understanding of the sacred Midewiwin teachings, aiming to protect this knowledge by instilling its importance in a new generation. Encouraging the preservation of a way of life that is centered on respect for all living things, these vibrant stories about life, self, community, and relationship to nature are just as relevant to the modern reader as they were hundreds of years ago.
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