The Legacy of Shingwaukonse: A Century of Native Leadership

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This book examines the careers of the Ojibwa chief Shingwaukonse, also known as Little Pine, and of two of his sons, Ogista and Buhkwujjenene, at Garden River near Sault Ste Marie. Theirs was a period in which the Great Lakes Ojibwa faced formidable challenges from entrepreneurs, missionaries, and bureaucrats, as well as from new policies set by the Canadian state. Shingwaukonse sought to establish links with the new government agencies, to preserve an environment in which Native cultural values and ...

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Overview

This book examines the careers of the Ojibwa chief Shingwaukonse, also known as Little Pine, and of two of his sons, Ogista and Buhkwujjenene, at Garden River near Sault Ste Marie. Theirs was a period in which the Great Lakes Ojibwa faced formidable challenges from entrepreneurs, missionaries, and bureaucrats, as well as from new policies set by the Canadian state. Shingwaukonse sought to establish links with the new government agencies, to preserve an environment in which Native cultural values and organizational structures could survive, and to devise strategies to enable the formation of band governments capable of assuming a degree of proprietorship over the resources on Native land.

Using an impressive array of evidence from a huge range of government, church, manuscript, and oral sources, Chute reconstructs a period of energetic and sometimes effective Aboriginal resistance to pressures visited on the community. She demonstrates that Shingwaukonse and his sons were vigilant in their attempts to maximize the autonomy and security of the Garden River Ojibwa even while many other parties insisted on their assimilation.

The Legacy of Shingwaukonse contributes greatly to anthropological debates about Ojibwa leadership and to a historical understanding of the relationship between Native peoples and newcomers throughout the nineteenth century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802081087
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Janet E. Chute is a research associate with the School of Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
Shingwaukonse's Children
Introduction 3
1 Little Pine: Man, Leader, and Legend 8
2 For the King and the King's Church 39
3 Years of Testing and Trial 72
4 Pursuing the Great Spirit's Power 106
5 The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights 137
6 Testing the Untried Mettle: Ogista's Rise to Leadership 160
7 Challenging the System from Within 195
8 Preserving a Distinct Community 222
9 A Unifying Vision 236
Notes 257
Bibliography 317
Illustration Credits 341
Index 343
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