Rachel’s Children: Stories from a Contemporary Native American Woman

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An engaging and humorous true story of a contemporary Ojibwa woman and her children.

Rachel’s Children is the engaging and humorous true story of a contemporary Ojibwa woman and her children. The narrative begins as a white educator arrives in Rachel’s household to learn about “Indians” and discovers instead the harshness of backwoods reality. As the lives of Rachel and her family unfold, we understand how traditional beliefs and oral history help Rachel and her family cope as they encounter racism and educational discrimination in rural northern Michigan.

Rachel’s Children is one in a series of books about Native American people and nations today called the Contemporary Native American Communities series. Acknowledging the strength and vibrancy of Native American people and nations today, the series examines life in Native communities from the point of view of Native concerns and values. These new publications are intended to be correctives to the misconceptions that still appear in many books and in the American imagination: that Indian people largely disappeared or were assimilated after 1890. Books in the series cover topics that are of cultural and political importance to tribal peoples and that affect their possibilities for survival, in both urban and rural communities.

Lois Beardslee writes in an unexpected combination of ethnography, theatrical script, and novel, echoing the Ojibwa style of storytelling. This story seeks to encourage a greater understanding of cultural diversity and to be particularly useful to instructors in Native studies, multicultural education, women’s studies, and anthropology.



Author: Lois Beardslee (Ojibwe)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2004

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe