Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader (Paperback)

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By Victoria Brehm (Editor)
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From the deep past to the present, here are the stories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiography, fiction, and art of the Great Lakes Native nations. Set in the natural environment of the seasonal year, the selections explain cultural concepts and show how modern Native literature reflects tradition. Elders, war chiefs, religious leaders, and contemporary artists share sacred stories of the creation of the world, stories of the stars, tales of heroes and monsters, narratives of hunting, fishing, and food gathering, speeches and writings about war, personal narratives and essays, and contemporary fiction and poetry.

This collection surveys all the major types and themes of lakes Native literatures, enriched by music, the visual arts, and a detailed timeline of historical events.

About the Author

Victoria Brehm, Ph.D. is a retired professor who writes about the Great Lakes. She created The Women's Great Lakes Reader, named "One of Fifty Essential Books for Michigan History," and Star Songs and Water Spirits, the first collection of lakes' Native literatures, described by Lake Superior Magazine "A masterwork and an accumulated treasure." She lives on her family's Centennial Farm in Tustin, Michigan.

Praise For…

"A comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary Great Lakes Native literaturesstories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiography, and fiction, enriched by music, visual arts, and a historic timeline."  OHS  Bulletin (Ontario Historical Society)

"Brehm, a retired professor of American literature, collected native stories, songs, poetry, speeches, fiction, autobiography and art from the Great Lakes."  Buffalo News (New York)

"Offering insight into the arts of Great Lakes Native nations, this collection of stories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiographies, and fiction, spans the centuries from deep past to the present."  Mighty Ape (New Zealand)

"Star Songs and Water: A Great Lakes Native Reader" should be savored one writing at a time. Readers should allow the writings to simmer as they enjoy the deep rich history of Great Lakes American Indians. The Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

"This impressively thorough reader is organized seasonally, showing the connection of myth to the land and its changes. Eloquent introductions provide context for the historical accounts, and poems from contemporary Great Lakes Native writers connect past and present. An excellent resource for all Great Lakesarea libraries and for others with active American Indian collections." Booklist Online

"While the selections of the book are based on the products of Great Lakes American Indians, those who enjoy Native history and culture will find this book a real gem." Native News Network

"Anyone with an interest in Native American cultures will find this book a delight. Stories, songs, poetry, speeches, autobiographies, fiction, and art of the Great Lakes Native nations are sprinkled with photos and illustrations that stretch out over more than 500 pages." MENSA Bulletin
Product Details
ISBN: 9780984334001
ISBN-10: 0984334009
Publisher: Ladyslipper Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2011
Pages: 524
Language: English