Reexamines Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, scholars believed that the Anishinaabeg represented an anthropological "type" of Native society. Cary Miller counters those assumptions by examining how leadership was distributed and enacted long before scholars arrived on the scene.
Cary Miller is an associate professor of history and director of American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
List of Illustrations
1. Power in the Anishinaabeg World
2. Ogimaag: Hereditary Leaders
3. Mayosewininiwag: Military Leaders
4. Gechi-Midewijig: Midewiwin Leaders
5. The Contest for Chiefly Authority at Fond du Lac
"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 * "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 * "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 * "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 * "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 *
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