New PDF release: Red World and White: Memories of a Chippewa Boyhood
By John Rogers
In reminiscing approximately his early years on Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation on the flip of the century, John Rogers finds a lot concerning the existence and customs of the Chippewas. He tells of food-gathering, fashioning bark canoes and wigwams, curing deerskin, enjoying video games, and taking part in sacred rituals. those customs have been to be forged apart, although, while he was once taken to a white university with a purpose to assimilate him into white society. within the foreword to this re-creation, Melissa L. Meyer areas Roger’s memoirs in the tale of the White Earth Reservation.
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Additional resources for Red World and White: Memories of a Chippewa Boyhood (Civilization of the American Indian Series)
Perhaps an editor insisted it would sell books. Or perhaps, as he grew older and deviated from the lifeways he extolled in the narrative, he became troubled about his own identity. In this vein, and especially given his decision to omit any reference to the rest of his life, the narrative can be read as the elder John Rogers's ideas about what a "genuine Chippewa" ought to be like. MELISSA L. MEYER University of California, Los Angeles Page 1 Red World and White Page 2 Page 3 Chapter I A Chippewa Speaks I, Way Quah Gishig, was six years old when my two sisters, Bishiu and Min di, accompanied me to Flandreau, South Dakota to attend an Indian boarding school.
We do not know the band from which John Rogers and his family descended. That his father lived at Cass Lake, where he operated a logging camp, suggests a connection. Anishinaabe clan affiliation descended through the paternal line, though they accorded respect to bilateral relations. At one point, Rogers mentions a wealthy white couple from Cass Lake who knew both his mother and father, again implying a tie with the conservative Cass Lake band. Many references to appropriate place names and the detailed description of participation in the seasonal round make it plain that Rogers's conservative mother lived in the eastern forest and lake country.
However, elements of the narrative do raise questions. Rogers never mentions having learned to write the Anishinaabe language, yet the narrative is liberally sprinkled with the Anishinaabe names of relatives and friends, written in the peculiar style where spaces (not hyphens) are inserted between syllables. " At one point (p. 49), he includes the text of three entire verses of the Christian hymn, "Lead Kindly Light," rendered in the Anishinaabe language. He relates how the hymn was sung by a Native minister at the death of his baby brother, when Rogers was twelve or thirteen.
Red World and White: Memories of a Chippewa Boyhood (Civilization of the American Indian Series) by John Rogers