Ways of Our Grandfathers
Our Traditions and Culture
About the Book
Ways of Our Grandfathers compliments David D Plain's previous book, The Plains of Aamjiwnaang. While his first book focused on the history of the Ahnishenahbek (Chippewa) of Aamjiwnaang territory Ways of Our Grandfathers describes Ahnishenahbek culture and traditions from the pre and early contact period with Europeans. It covers such anthropological topics as social life, economic life, and religious life. Clear descriptions of characteristics, language, political structure, band designations and their totemic system are illustrated. Gatherings, games and stories are depicted with vivid illustrations. Construction of their dwellings and canoes are described as well as methods of hunting, fishing and sugar making. Trade routes and places of trade are given as well as types of trade goods. Religious life is detailed and includes a description of the political structure of the Midéwiwin Medicine Society, healing practices and death customs. The book includes an appendix listing many traditional medicines. Another appendix provides a detailed description of a Midéwiwin initiation ceremony performed on the banks of the St. Clair River recorded verbatim by a local missionary.
About the Author
David D. Plain is a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and lives on Aamjiwnaang territory. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Canada. In his youth he had the privilege of having as mentors elders whose memories reached back into the nineteenth century. Their stories as well as fully researched historical documents have provided him with an excellent knowledge of Ahnishenahbek history and culture.