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Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader

A first-ever collection of Native songs, stories, sacred texts, and poetry from the beginnings of Native culture on the lakes up to the present. Organized by the seasons and filled with star lore, Star Songs is a complete compendium of Great Lakes Native literatures. This title is being used as a textbook at the University of Michigan in Native Studies and Languages.

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The Women’s Great Lakes Reader

Offers accounts of women lightkeepers, Natives, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries, and fearless women travellers who wrote of their journeys on the lakes from 1789 to the present. Listed by the Michigan Department of Education as one of the Fifty Essential Michigan History Books.

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A Little History of My Forest Life

The autobiography of a Chippewa-Scots woman from Madeline Island in Lake Superior. The child and grandchild of fur traders, Eliza Morrison describes Metis culture, and her travels by boat, dog sled, and on foot. She gives a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin Death March, the Dream Dance, Native marriage and burial customs, making maple sugar, and the Chippewa-Dakota War.

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