Making It Their Own: Severn Ojibwe Communicative Practices is an ethnographic study of the Lynx Lake Ojibwe community in northwestern Ontario. Valentine describes the culture, lifestyle, and use of language in this remote Anihshininiwak community. The people of Lynx Lake have successfully integrated technology, especially radio and television, into their traditional lifestyle. Their efforts to maintain and encourage Native language literacy are documented. The role of Christianity in the community is also explored.
The nineteenth-century Métis politician and mystic Louis Riel has emerged as one of the most popular - and elusive - figures in Canadian culture. Since his hanging for treason in 1885, the self-declared David of the New World has been depicted variously as a traitor to Confederation; a French-Canadian and Catholic martyr; a bloodthirsty rebel; a pan-American liberator; a pawn of shadowy white forces; a Prairie political maverick; a First Nations hero; an alienated intellectual; a victim of Western industrial progress; and a Father of Confederation.