Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Normally, I never take book review requests.  Unfortunately, my writing schedule is too busy, although I wish I could review each title I’m kindly asked to consider.  But when Joel Miller emailed me about reading and reviewing his latest non-fiction title aptly called Memoir of a Roadie, after explaining his book contained stories about the …

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I did a previous post about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada, recommending books I read, along with providing the web site link where further information can be obtained. Since that post, I located more books on the MMIW that I haven’t had a chance to read, but plan on adding to my …

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Funny, most Canadians simply say RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).  At least everyone I know does.  But to the rest of planet earth, people say “Mounties.”  When I read Grass Dance by Kathryn Imbriani, her book made me want to read and research about the Northwest Mounted Police, as the RCMP was known way back …

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Where I live, there are places told to me where the Ojibway and Dakota battled.  There is even two towns that carry the names–one is a narrows and the other is a lookout spot.  One elder even mentioned a battle that took place where a bridge is now–it’s where she wanted to offer tobacco, she …

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I grew up on what is known as the Voyageurs’ Highway, the lakes and rivers men used to transport furs from long ago to back east.  As a child, and unbeknownst to me of its history, the replica fort where my cousins, sisters, brother, and I used to play was simply a neat place to …

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I did a two-part post on AIM (American Indian Movement), and you can read about the movement itself and its members.  AIM, according to the late founder Dennis Banks, was “formed to address the oppression of the native people living in the twin cities.” In Canada, Indigenous people held their share of protests for aboriginal …

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In Part One and Part Two, the books I listed were completed by scholars and historians.  For this post, I’m concentrating on those of an autobiographical/biographical/memoir nature.  These are wonderful account from those who lived long ago, or are about those who lived long ago.

I have so many books, I’m going to have to break this post into three, instead of the original two that I’d previously promised in Part One.  The third part will be the autobiographical/biographical/memoir accounts from long ago. For this post, you’ll find studies and texts written by historians and researchers.  Enjoy.

Some spell it Ojibwe.  For others it’s Ojibwa.  But I grew up learning to spell it Ojibway.  All are correct.  There’s nothing I love more than immersing myself in a good book about the history, culture, and people of the Anishinaabe Nation. My love of reading prompted me to do a post about some great …

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The American Indian Movement was formed in the summer of 1968, Minneapolis, Minnesota by Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Eddie Benton Banai, and George Mitchell, all from surrounding Ojibwa Nations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  According to the late Dennis Banks’ autobiography, Ojibwa Warrior, AIM was created to address the oppression of native people in the twin …

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When I’m reading, I flip between fiction and non-fiction.  Fiction is what I take to bed before going to sleep.  While on my lunch hour, I prefer to delve into non-fiction.  The MMIW (missing and murdered Indigenous women) is a great problem in Canada.  To find out more, I encourage you to visit this web …

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My grandfather, grandmother, father, aunts, and uncles were forced to attend these institutions devised by the federal government and run by Christian churches to assimilate Indigenous people into Western culture.  These schools started after 1880 with the last one closing in 1996. To understand this period in Canadian History, I highly recommend A Knock on …

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Being a die-hard music fan, I enjoy memoirs and autobiographies by groupies and WAGS (wives and girlfriends)–the lovely ladies who inspired many of the songs we love.  What about those who work in the music industry or became part of the band’s inner-circle?  They’re included, too, because these gals kicked some serious ass. Have a …

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