Volume 1 2011

Wisconsin's Water Library

Native Americans and the Environment – Recommended Reading

Wisconsin’s Water Library has many resources in its collection that represent a variety of cultural and historical perspectives from different Native-American communities in the Great Lakes area. Here are just a few.

Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal
by Patty Loew. Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Historical Society Press: 2001.
With a focus on oral traditions and primary sources, this collection explores Wisconsin history from a Native American perspective, including tribal histories and photographs of Wisconsin Indians.

Lines Drawn Upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press: 2008.
This volume of essays explores how the border between Canada and the United States has strongly influenced the First Nations living in the Great Lakes watershed.

Native People of Wisconsin
by Patty Loew. Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Historical Society Press: 2003.
Loew introduces the 12 Indian nations that live in Wisconsin, with an emphasis on the various ways native people remember the past, including the value of oral tradition.

Walleye Warriors: An Effective Alliance Against Racism and for the Earth
by Rick Whaley and Walter Bresette. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers: 1994.
An empowering account of how the Chippewa in Wisconsin and Minnesota fought alongside local residents and activists against the racism that was interfering with their treaty rights to harvest walleye.

Wild Rice and the Ojibway People
by Thomas Vennum, Jr. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press: 1988.
The author of this far-reaching book uses travelers’ narratives, historical and ethnological accounts, scientific data and the words of Indian people to examine the importance of this wild food to the Ojibway people.

Please visit the Water Library at aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary for more information. Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just e-mail askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

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