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Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders
Edited by Elizabeth M. Tornes
With a Brief History of Waaswaagoning Ojibweg by Leon Valliere, Jr.
Photographs by Greg Gent

Native lives in their own words

Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders is a collection of interviews with fifteen Ojibwe elders of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin. The elders, in their seventies and eighties when interviewed, all experienced enormous changes in their lifetimes. In their stories they discuss these changes as well as the traditions and beliefs that the Ojibwe have continued to maintain, despite attempts at forced assimilation on the part of the U.S. government and others. Their stories are testimony to the enduring strength of the Ojibwe people and their way of life.

Most historical accounts of the Ojibwe have been written by Americans of European descent. This book tells the history of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe in their own words. It also includes a historical introduction by Leon Valliere, Jr., going back four hundred years to Lac du Flambeau’s original
settlement. A black-and-white photographic portrait of each elder prefaces each interview, and historical photos from the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center collection illustrate the text.

Elizabeth M. Tornes is a writer living in Lac du Flambeau.

Distributed for Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

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October 2004
250 pp. 8 X 11 25 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-924119-21-7
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