Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends & Histories from Hudson Bay

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends & Histories from Hudson Bay

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Bird, Louis. Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends & Histories from Hudson Bay, J. S. H. brown, P. W. DePasquate, M. F. Ruml, (Editors). Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2005.

Louis Bird will be talked about for seven generations to come, as the one who took on the responsibility to preserve the oral stories, legends and the history of the Omushkegowak. This book is necessary reading for anyone who has a keen interest in the traditional knowledge of the Aboriginal peoples of North America. Whether an anthropologist, historian, social scientist, researcher or an Aboriginal person, the reader will be fascinated by the knowledge, wisdom and storytelling prowess of Louis Bird.

Telling Our Stories preserves the integrity and inherent storytelling qualities of Bird's dialogues. One seems to hear the words as they pour from his lips. As he transports his reader to the settings and locales that he talks about, the characters in his stories come alive. He is indeed a gifted storytellyer. He reminds me of my grandfather who had the same ability to carry his audience upon his words to a time long past, but not forgotten. …

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