Ojibwe Singers

Ojibwe Singers : Hymns, Grief, and a Native Culture in Motion

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The Ojibwe of Anishinaabe are a native American people who were taught by 19th-century missionaries to sing evangelical hymns translated into the native language both as a means of worship and as a tool for eradicating the "indianness" of the native people. Rather than Americanizing the people, however, these songs have become emblematic of Anishinaabe identity. In this book, Michael McNally uses the Ojiwbe's hymn-singing as a lens to examine how this native American people has creatively drawn on the resources of ritual to negotiate identity and survival within the structures of colonialism. Drawing on both archival research and fieldwork, he traces the historical development of ritualized singing and how this distinctive practice has come into play at various moments in Ojiwbe history. This important study re-examines the contested nature of "tradition," arguing that despite its origins hymn-singing has now become "traditional" through the agency of today's elders, who have asserted their role as cultural critics on the reservation through their singing.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 160 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 17 halftones, 3 maps
  • 0195134648
  • 9780195134643

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An impressive book ... cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, thoughtful, and heartfelt * The Journal of American History * A deeply researched, intelligent, and clear-eyed explication of an important facet of Indian history and contemporary life * The Journal of American History *show more

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