Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845 by Cary Miller | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845

Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845

by Cary Miller
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Cary Miller’s Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845 reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, anthropologists who had studied Ojibwe leadership practices developed theories about human societies and cultures derived from the perceived

Overview

Cary Miller’s Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845 reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, anthropologists who had studied Ojibwe leadership practices developed theories about human societies and cultures derived from the perceived Ojibwe model. Scholars believed that the Ojibwes typified an anthropological “type” of Native society, one characterized by weak social structures and political institutions. Miller counters those assumptions by looking at the historical record and examining how leadership was distributed and enacted long before scholars arrived on the scene. Miller uses research produced by Ojibwes themselves, American and British officials, and individuals who dealt with the Ojibwes, both in official and unofficial capacities.

 

By examining the hereditary position of leaders who served as civil authorities over land and resources and handled relations with outsiders, the warriors, and the respected religious leaders of the Midewiwin society, Miller provides an important new perspective on Ojibwe history.

Editorial Reviews

CHOICE

"Ogimaag had to reflect the views of family leaders who made up village councils, women's councils, and the warriors. However, they had a great deal of decision-making power. The view of Chippewa society that emerges is of a complex society that was fluid, connected, spiritually based, and consensus dominated."—G. Gagnon, CHOICE

— G. Gagnon

Minnesota History

"Miller has written an important political and social history of a region all too often ignored by scholars interested in the early history of North America."—Michael Witgen, Minnesota History

— Michael Witgen

CHOICE - G. Gagnon

"Ogimaag had to reflect the views of family leaders who made up village councils, women's councils, and the warriors. However, they had a great deal of decision-making power. The view of Chippewa society that emerges is of a complex society that was fluid, connected, spiritually based, and consensus dominated."—G. Gagnon, CHOICE
Minnesota History - Michael Witgen

"Miller has written an important political and social history of a region all too often ignored by scholars interested in the early history of North America."—Michael Witgen, Minnesota History
SAIL - Miigaanwewidam James Sinclair

"Miller's Ogimaag is a powerful and dynamic portrayal of Anishinaabeg life and leadership at a critical time in North American history. It is, simply, a must read for historians, Native studies scholars and students, and anyone interested in Anishinaabeg culture and history."—Miigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Studies in American Indian Literature
American Historical Review - Susan E. Gray

“Miller’s work rests on a careful rereading of the colonial records of Ojibwe people in Wisconsin and Minnesota . . . a persuasive demonstration to reshape how scholars understand encounters between Anishinaabeg and Americans from the Anishinaabeg point of view.”—American Historical Review
Western Historical Quarterly - Erik Martin Redix

“Miller does an excellent job arguing against ethnographic and scholarly accounts that cast Ojibwe institutions as primitive and convincingly demonstrates that scholars should not mistake the flexibility of Ojibwe institutions as weakness. A valuable contribution to Ojibwe history.”—Western Historical Quarterly
Studies in American Indian Literature

Ogimaag is a powerful and dynamic portrayal of Anishinaabeg life and leadership at a critical time in North American history. It is, simply, a must read for historians, Native studies scholars and students, and anyone interested in Anishinaabeg culture and history.”—Studies in American Indian Literature
 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803234048
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Cary Miller is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her articles have appeared in the American Indian Quarterly.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >