Keewaydinoquay, Stories From My Youth

Keewaydinoquay, Stories From My Youth

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The stories of the Michigan childhood of a girl of both Anishinaabeg and English descent

In the captivating art of the oral tradition-told in the author's own voice-Keewaydinoquay, Stories from My Youth brings to life the childhood years of a Michigan woman of both Native American and white. Presented here with the clarity and charm of a master storyteller, the words of Keewaydinoquay contain layers of understanding, conveyed by both what is said and how it is said. The values of the worldview that she shares with us are ones that resonate on far more than just an intellectual level.

The stories span generations and cultures and shed a rare light on the living conditions of Native Americans in Michigan in the early 1900s. They recount Keewaydinoquay's education in the public schools, illuminate the role Christianity played in Native American culture, and reveal the importance of maintaining traditional customs.

Keewaydinoquay was one of the very few Native American women who was steeped both in the ancient folkways of her people as well as erudite in the American university system. Ultimately she wove her native tradition and university learning together into a unique perspective that helped people understand the importance of nature and the human spirit.

Keewaydinoquay Peschel was Lecturer of Ethnobotany and Philosophy of the Western Great Lakes Indians at the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of several books, including Blue Berry: First Fruit of the Anishinaabeg. She passed over in 1999. Lee Boisvert attended the University of Michigan as a member of the Residential College from 1967 to 1969, and was awarded a Bachelor in Science in Sociology with double minors in Native American Studies and Gerontology by Central Michigan University in 1993.

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Peschel (1918-1999) taught ethnobotany and philosophy of the Western Great Lakes Indians at the U. of Wisconsin and was the author of several books. Of both Native American and white ancestry, she studied both traditional Ojibway and Western medicines. Combining her edited and unedited manuscripts, journals, papers for college classes, and the stories and teachings she shared orally with members of the Holy Hill Center in Leland, Michigan, the text describes Peschel's youth in Michigan in the early 1900s. No subject index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780472069200
Branch Call Number: 970.004974 KEE
Characteristics: x, 168 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Boisvert, Lee
Alternative Title: Stories from my youth

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