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The Ojibwe
Bial, Raymond.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 25 cm.
Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Ojibwa Indians.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 2747.
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E99.C6 B5 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E99.C6 B5 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E99.C6 B5 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Native Americans occupy a turbulent, romantic and painful place in our nation's history and consciousness. At once a symbol of a time long past and a living, vital presence today, Native Americans are not simply the first Americans, but an essential thread woven into the fabric of American life. Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe's social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life -- from birth to marriage to death -- is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. In volumes in the new Lifeways series, Bial combines fine photography and vivid prose as he explores beliefs, customs, traditions, and histories of some of the major Native American nations. Each book begins with an opening chapter titled "Origins," followed by information on culture, the nation today, and a final resource section that includes a time line and a biographical listing of notable people. Excellent contemporary and archival images are matched with a captivating text that, though reverential in places, offers insightful, detailed glimpses of Native American cultural life in the past, with brief commentary about the present. These accessible, attractive resources make good partners with recent fiction about Native Americans for the same age group; The Ojibwe, for example, offers further explanation of the daily life described in Louise Erdrich's novel Birchbark House [BKL Ap 1 99]. Further readings and resource addresses are appended. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Bial does a fine job of looking at two Native American tribes, their origins, histories, customs, beliefs, and current status. Excellent-quality, full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions, both historical and contemporary, show people engaged in everyday tasks. The texts include an introduction to the groups' languages and at least one Native recipe. Particularly useful in both titles is the extensive section of sources for further information, which include print materials, Web sites, and tribal organizations. Solid cultural and historical overviews for reports, and for general readers curious about Native American people.-Mercedes Smith, Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.