Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Kahnawake Mohawk scholar Audra Simpson is a welcome addition to the recently released books by Ongwehowe thinkers. Audra Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Dartmouth College, the American Anthropological Association, Cornell University and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM).
Speculators in Empire: Iroquoia and the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix by William J Campbell, assistant professor of history at California State University, explores the Six Nations Iroquois-British diplomacy leading up to this historic treaty. At the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the British secured the largest land cession in colonial North America. Crown representatives gained possession of an area claimed but not occupied by the Iroquois that encompassed parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Reading the Wampum: Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery by Penelope Myrtle Kelsey, professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the 2014 publication in the Syracuse University Press series, The Iroquois and Their Neighbors. Reading the Wampum offers an academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition.
The Great Law Kayaneren'ko:wa inspired by the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace has just been published by Métis author David Bouchard's publishing company, MTW Publishers. This narrative poetry version of the Great Law of Peace is told through the words of Bouchard and accompanied by Tuscarora artist Raymond Skye's compelling artwork. This bilingual (Mohawk and English) version of the Great Law takes its rhyming scheme from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha (a misappropriated name Longfellow attached to his borrowed character).
Never Come to Peace Again: Pontiac's Uprising and the Fate of the British Empire in North America is the seventh volume in the University of Oklahoma Press' The Campaigns and Commanders series. Author David Dixon is Professor of History at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. A study of the 1763-66 resistance in which Odawa chief Pontiac led Nations of the Ohio Valley in a revolt against British forces, who had taken possession of forts lost by the French in the Seven Years' War. This volume is the first complete account of Pontiac's resistance to appear in nearly fifty years.
Walking in Balance: Meeyau-ossaewin is Ojibwe linguist Basil Johnston's third bilingual volume is the follow up to the teachings and lessons found in Gift to the Stars and Living in Harmony. This title contains 8 stories in English and Ojibwe beginning with Winonah; Maudjee-Kawiss; Pukawiss; Nana'b'oozoo - The Beginning; Never Take More Than; Wolves Teach Nana'b'oozoo; Cheeby--aub-oozoo; and Nana'b'oozoo's Revenge. The stories reflect a code of conduct inherent in Ojibwe teachings.
The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850) was one of the first books of Indigenous history written by an Indigenous author. The book blends nature writing and narrative to describe the language, religious beliefs, stories, land, work, and play of the Ojibway people. Born in Trenton, Ontario, in 1818, George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh) wrote extensively on Aboriginal peoples and, as an ordained Methodist minister, worked as a missionary among several First Nations.
The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It examines contemporary threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social issues, as well as efforts to confront and eliminate these threats to peoples and the environment. Essays suggest new ways of looking at the Great Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained within it.
Midnight Sweatlodge is a collection of 4 short stories all interwoven into a common thread by journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice, a member of Wausasking First Nation. The short, 96-page collection explores the intense emotions and feeling as a group of First Nation people undertake spiritual and physical healing during a sweatlodge ceremony. Each person seeks traditional wisdom and insight to overcome pain and hardship, and the characters give us glimpses into their lives that are both tearful and true.
Where I Belong is a moving novel of self-discovery and redemption, that takes place during the Oka Crisis of the summer of 1990. Having been adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt out of place-and recurring dreams keep warning that someone close to her will be badly hurt. When she finds out that her birth father is living in Kahnawake, Quebec, she goes there and finally finds a place she truly belongs. Tara White is a Mohawk woman from Kahnawake, Quebec, and has always dreamed of being a writer.