|About the Book|
Spirit of the Ojibwa is an intimate gathering of oral biographies and stunning color portraits of 32 Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Elders. Their tribal history, told in story and image, is a compelling tale of how one people courageously adapted andMoreSpirit of the Ojibwa is an intimate gathering of oral biographies and stunning color portraits of 32 Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Elders. Their tribal history, told in story and image, is a compelling tale of how one people courageously adapted and triumphed over cultural oppression, broken government treaties, and the deliberate flooding of their reservation by the Wisconsin-Minnesota Power and Light Company. First settled in the Hayward, Wisconsin area, in the 1740s, The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe is today one of the most progressive Indian groups in the United States. This is a people who still live close to natures rhythms and these stories reveal their tribal history, traditions, migrations, spiritual practices and clan structure. It is through the tribal elders, such as James Pipe Mustache, who are keepers of knowledge and never stop teaching-one, of many, who were brought up in the original Indian way of the early 1900s, lived well into the modern age, and transmitted his wisdom to todays elders, or to anyone else who would listen patiently.As a young boy, James R. Bailey was privileged to attend pow-wows staged by the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe. He has been the development director of the tribes public radio station, and works as a writer and photographer in the Hayward, Wisconsin, area.Cuban-born visual artist Sara Balbin has for the past 25 years painted portraits of Indian elders from the Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa tribe. She co-founded the Hayward-Cable Area Arts Council, led art therapy workshops and organized cultural exchanges between American and Cuban artists. She operates Dragonfly -Studio near Drummond, Wisconsin.Thelma Nayquonabe is Ojibwa Languageand Cultural Program Director at the LCO tribal school.