The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation
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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. Shelley Hulan’s afterword considers Copway’s rhetorical strategies in framing a narrative–she considers it a form of "history, interrupted"–for a non-Indigenous readership.
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 tribes. He is the author of several books, including The Life, History and Travels of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (1847).
Shelley Hulan is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, where she teaches early Canadian literature. She is a co-editor of Literature, Rhetoric, and Values: Selected Proceedings (2011) and a contributor to National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada(WLU Press, 2010)