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1. Native Voices

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Louise Erdrich - Selected Archive Items

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[7178] Vera Palmer, Interview: "Erdrich and the Captivity Narrative" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Vera Palmer, a distinguished American Indian activist and scholar, earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University. In an American Passages interview she talks about Louise Erdrich's poem "Captivity."

[7427] Linde, Five Ojibwa Indians: Man, Woman, and Three Children in Canoe—["Typical Natives"] (c. 1913),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-101332].
For the Chippewas the ultimate sources of existence were the manitos—powerful beings who might be roughly characterized as spirits or gods. The underwater manito could both save people who fell through the ice and drown those who wandered.

[7590] George Catlin, Sha-Co-Pay (The Six), [Chief of the Plains Ojibwa] (1842),
courtesy of Tilt and Bogue, London.
"The chief of that part of the Ojibbeway tribe who inhabit these northern regions, and whose name is Sha-co-pay (the Six), is a man of huge size; with dignity of manner, and pride and vanity, just about in proportion to his bulk."—George Catlin. This painting is one of 520 that resulted from an eight-year expedition during which Catlin visited over forty-five different tribes, participated in buffalo hunts, and observed ceremonies, games, dances and rituals.

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