OUT OF PRINT The Ojibwe by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Ojibwe (Anishinabe) Nation. The Ojibwe are sometimes called the Chippewa or Ojibway and their traditional homeland was the northern Great Lakes region. The book begins with a brief version of the creation story, The Birth of Nanabohzo. The author also includes the standard anthropological origin theory regarding the migration of First Nations across the Bering Strait. The introductory chapter also covers the geography of the Ojibwe traditional territory. Chapter two describes Ojibwe family and community organization such as bands and clans as well as traditional dwellings known as wigwams. The major section of chapter three discusses Ojibwe cultural life prior to European contact. This section describes the cycle of life, the economic seasonal round of activities, the Ojibwe contributions of maple sugar and wild rice, hunting and fishing, making meals, clothing and jewelry, handicrafts, birch bark canoes, games and storytelling. A brief legend called Ã´The Origin of Indian CornÃ¶ is included. The author provides a breakfast recipe that uses blueberries and wild rice that is adapted for modern kitchens. The next chapter describes Ojibwe spiritual beliefs including ceremonies such as the Grand Medicine Society (Midewiwin). Chapter five explains the impact of European colonization on the Ojibwe. Included is a brief word list of Ojibwe terms and their English translations. The final chapter covers contemporary Ojibwe communities and their efforts to maintain their cultural traditions while living in contemporary North American society. Each title in the Lifeways series includes a time line, notable people, a glossary, web sites, suggestions for further reading, and an index. Notable Ojibwe people such as Dennis Banks, Charles Albert Bender, Kimberly Blaeser, George Copway, Peter Jones, Louise Erdrich, Hole-in-the-Day, Leopold Pokagon, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Shingabawassin, John Tebbel, and Gerald Vizenor are noted as making contributions to Ojibwe society. This book includes colour and archival photographs throughout the text making this an excellent resource for students in grade 6 to high school.