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Adult/High School -From the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, photographers, most of them white, took thousands of pictures of the Ojibwe people of northern Minnesota. Anthropologist White's book reproduces hundreds of these photographs and describes the circumstances under which they were taken and the background and approach of the photographers. White people, he argues, while not ill-intentioned, photographed the Ojibwe in a way that reinforced the photographer's cultural view of Indians as exotic others, while Ojibwe photographing their own people provided a more accurate cultural context. The author provides interesting insights into Ojibwe/white relations, although an occasional bit of turgid prose suggests the book's connection to his doctoral dissertation. The major attraction for teens will be the beautifully reproduced photographs that document, however imperfectly, the lives of the Ojibwe during a century of change. A worthy addition to libraries that support Native American studies, especially those in the upper Midwest.-Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CACopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.