Examination of The History of the Ojibway People by William W. Warren
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Examination of “The History of the Ojibway People” by William W. Warren
The goal of this paper is to provide an examination of the book “The History of the Ojibway People” by William W. Warren as well as express some of what I learned about the book, the author and the Ojibway people. William W. Warren, born of a white father and Ojibway mother, used his fluent familiarity with the Ojibway language and his tremendous popularity with both whites and Indians to document the traditions and oral statements of the Ojibway people at a time when the future of their existence was in jeopardy.
Why did I choose this book to read and review? Every summer for eight years my wife and I took a group of approximately 20…show more content… In 1851 he was asked to write a series of articles for ‘The Minnesota Democrat’ newspaper on the Ojibway people. These articles were the beginning stages of what became “The History of the Ojibway People”. William wrote several articles for the newspaper and eventually finished the manuscript for the first, of what was to be a many volume series of books on the Ojibway people, in 1853. Upon returning home from a trip to a New York publisher, William Warren died of a severe hemorrhage at the young age of 28.
Although William died before he could finish all of the volumes he planned and before he could get the work published, 32 years later, the Minnesota Historical Society first published the work as an early and unique contribution to the field of Ojibway history and culture. As stated in the introduction, written by W. Roger Buffalohead,
“This book offers intriguing reading, full of tantalizing tales. One can only wonder how much more would be known about the Ojibway today if Warren had been able to finish his other volumes, instead of carrying his knowledge of his people into an early grave” (p.xiii).
Warren’s success can be attributed to the the high regard and popularity that he, the young man of mixed Ojibway and Euro-American heritage, enjoyed among both Ojibway and white people. Again, Buffalohead states, “It is true that Warren won the friendship, trust, and confidence of tribal members throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin; it is also certain that he was