Earth Elder stories: the Pinayzitt path

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Fifth House, Oct 1, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 77 pages
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Alexander Wolfe is a Saulteaux/Ojibwa storyteller and the keeper of his family's oral history. These stories belong to his family and include accounts of how the descendents of Pinayzitt, a Saulteaux leader who lived in the Northwest Territories of Canada and the Great Plains of the United States in the 1800s, lived on the land, survived the smallpox and flu epidemics, signed treaties, and were confined to reservations. The stories blend history with legend and prophecy, giving both the equal weight they occupy in Native oral tradition. In their retelling, Wolfe carries out his responsibility of passing on his family's stories to the next generation, as well as encouraging Natives to record their histories and non-Natives to understand the significance and lessons of these tales. "Earth Elder Stories" was originally published by Fifth House Ltd. in 1988. It has proven an excellent resource for students of Native Studies, history, linguistics, and literature.

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Contents

THE ORPHAN CHILDREN
5
GRANDFATHER BEAR
11
MY FIRST GUN
21
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

Wolfe is a Saulteaux historian and storyteller who has worked to preserve the traditions and stories of his people, both orally and in print.

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