Anishinabe: 6 Studies of Modern Chippewa

Anishinabe: 6 Studies of Modern Chippewa

Anishinabe: 6 Studies of Modern Chippewa

Anishinabe: 6 Studies of Modern Chippewa

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The studies in this book originated under the auspices of the Upper Mississippi Research Project, a general study of the people of north central Minnesota. Because our work was done in the 1960s, it does not portray truly contemporary Chippewa; nonetheless it provides small but important pieces of the immediate historical background of the Indian activism of the 1970s.

More important, the studies remain to date the only thoroughgoing anthropological descriptions of modern Chippewa people of northern Minnesota. I emphasize "modern people," for we were not so much concerned with ferreting out remnants of Chippewa culture as with producing a balanced description of a broad spectrum of the lifeways of Chippewa people -- the mundane as well as the exotic, the synthetic as well as the traditional, the ordinary as well as the unusual, the nondistinctive as well as the distinctive. In pursuit of these aims we combined "old-fashioned" ethnographic and ethnohistorical techniques with sampling and quantitative data in the methodological style of Pertti Pelto, the senior anthropologist in the Upper Mississippi Research Project. In the course of our analyses we addressed a variety of issues, some of interest primarily to Ojibwa specialists, others of broader relevance for understanding contemporary American Indians and for the anthropology of complex societies in general. Finally, though the several authors have given careful attention to variations among modern . . .

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