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Michi saagiig nishnaabeg : this is our territory / Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)
Publication Information:
Winnipeg, Manitoba : ARP Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
122 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"This book is a series of stories from the oral tradition of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg as told by Elder Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams). In his own words, he shares the history of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg discussing their origin stories, alliances, diplomacy, resistance and relations to the lands and waters in their homeland."-- Provided by publisher.


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971.00497333 WIL Book Adult General Collection

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In this deeply engaging oral history, Doug Williams, Anishinaabe elder, teacher and mentor to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, recounts the history of the Michi Saagiig Nisnaabeg, tracing through personal and historical events, and presenting what manifests as a crucial historical document that confronts entrenched institutional narratives of the history of the region. Edited collaboratively with Simpson, the book uniquely retells pivotal historical events that have been conventionally unchallenged in dominant historical narratives, while presenting a fascinating personal perspective in the singular voice of Williams, whose rare body of knowledge spans back to the 1700s. With this wealth of knowledge, wit and storytelling prowess, Williams recounts key moments of his personal history, connecting them to the larger history of the Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous communities.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Creation Storyp. 13
Madden & Makoonsp. 17
Nokomisp. 20
Making Baskets with Nokomisp. 22
Creation at Kinomaagewapkongp. 24
Nonkomig Mandigogp. 26
The Ocean Peoplep. 27
Boshkaaniniwagp. 27
The Buildingp. 28
Samuel de Champlainp. 39
The Royal Proclamation and The Treaty of Niagarap. 49
The War of 1812 and The Michi Saagiig Nishnaabegp. 53
Ashkiwinwininiwagp. 54
George Taylorp. 56
The Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Clan Systemp. 58
Our Understanding of Treatiesp. 62
Eniigaanzijigp. 63
Our 1818 Treatyp. 64
Formation of Mud Lake Reservep. 68
The Williams Treatyp. 73
Shkinp. 74
Sam Fawnp. 75
Nogie's Creekp. 76
Jacob Cranep. 76
Road Allowancesp. 77
Beaver Lake/Amik Zaagii'ganp. 77
1923 Treatyp. 77
1923 Treaty Commissionp. 79
The Treaty Commission's Treatment of the Elders and Chiefsp. 80
The Construction of the Trent Severn Waterwayp. 82
Madden and School, Traditional Nishnaabeg Educationp. 83
Beaver Lakep. 85
Bullfrogsp. 87
Every Speck of Dust Has Been Raised By Our Feetp. 91
Who Depleted Our Fish Anyway?p. 93
The Right Size for a Gardenp. 96
Wiigwaminp. 100
Water Circlep. 106
Since Time Immemorial: An Illustrated History of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Territoryp. 117
Acknowledgementsp. 123
Endnotesp. 124