Ignatia Broker, who died in 1987, was a member of the Ojibway tribe, the Ottertail Pillager Band, and the A-wa-sa-si Clan. She was born in 1919 on the White Earth Indian Reservation and attended an Indian boarding school in North Dakota. Her higher education included the Minnesota School of Business. Following this, she faced fierce discrimination when seeking employment. In 1966, she began a career with the Minneapolis Public Schools, where she became a member of the Minority Task Force, aiding in the development of the Title IV Indian Studies Curriculum. As a staff writer for the Audio Visual Based Indian Resource Unit of the Minneapolis Public Schools, she authored many stories, filmstrips, and booklets that are a part of the curriculum today. Broker was also a member of many Indian organizations and founded the Minnesota American Indian Historical Society. In 1984, she received a Wonder Woman Foundation award honoring her extraordinary accomplishments as a woman striving for peace and equality.
Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrativeby Ignatia Broker, Steven Premo (Illustrator), Paulette Molin (Foreword by)
With the art of a practiced storyteller, Ignatia Broker recounts the life of her great-great-grandmother, Night Flying Woman, who was born in the mid-19th century and lived during a chaotic time of enormous change, uprootings, and loss for the Minnesota Ojibway. But this story also tells of her people's great strength and continuity.
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Ignatia Broker tells the story of the forest people, the Ojibway, in 'Night Flying Woman, An Ojibway Narrative.' Broker tells how the white man's ways desecrated the rituals, laws and beliefs of the Native People, nearly erasing their long culture. Classed as caricatures in a land that once honored them, Broker's book hows how the Native People 'faced bias, prejudice and active discrimination.' The Ojibway philosophy for living, that of keeping in balance the purity of man and nature, sees revival through Broker's telling of Oona's story, the story of the many, seen through the 'eyes cast down' of one. An insightful story that continues the Ojibway circle of life. 'Night Flying Woman' gives us all the hope of the past for the future.
Night Flying woman is story in the tradition of the Ojibway people in Minnesota. It is also the story of cultural contact that drastically altered an ancient way of life.