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'Indian Nations' Book Launch in Madison


An engraved image showing a robed missionary standing in a birch bark canoe paddled by four Native Americans and a fur trader.
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Join author, historian and Native American scholar Patty Loew as she celebrates the release of the revised second edition of 'Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal' at the Wisconsin Historical Museum Thursday evening, August 22, at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The book celebrates and documents the histories, traditions and stories of the state's Native tribes. From origin stories to details of contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, Loew's writing brings to life the history of each individual tribe. The volume includes compact tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk and Brothertown Indians.

Much New Material on Native Communities

The cover of "Indian Nations of Wisconsin"
This long-awaited, revised and comprehensive edition includes new material covering the economic, social and environmental advancements of Native communities. Loew devotes new chapters to discussions of urban Indians and the Brothertown Indian Nation. In addition, two new forewords — by Paul DeMain, editor of News From Indian Country, and J. P. Leary, assistant professor of humanistic studies: first nation studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay — help readers understand how the history Loew chronicles is everyone's history.

Loew describes the book as her "earnest attempt to explore Wisconsin's rich native heritage in a collection of compact tribal histories … whose presence predated Wisconsin statehood and who have maintained a continuous residence here." She specifically engages the voices of native elders and tribal historians in each tribal community to provide an unparalleled contribution of personal experiences, adding a sense of authenticity and timeliness to the book. "Indian Nations of Wisconsin" also focuses on oral tradition: stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews, along with other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history.

Lavishly Illustrated

Lavishly illustrated with maps and more than 140 photographs, "Indian Nations of Wisconsin" is an indispensable resource and guide for anyone interested in the region's history, Wisconsin's Native peoples, and the full history of Wisconsin.

About the Author

Patty Loew, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is a professor in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian studies program. She has written dozens of scholarly and general-interest articles on Native topics and produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country. For 20 years she hosted statewide news and public affairs programs for Wisconsin Public Television.

:: Posted August 19, 2013

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