Great Falls, MT (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute have published “The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’”: The Little Shell Tribe’s America.
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe,’” by historian and folklorist Nicholas Vrooman, is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary people. Dr. Vrooman, after a lifetime of engagement with the history of a burgeoning and distinctive aboriginal amalgam culture on the Northern Plains, gives us the untold story of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.
In twenty-nine meticulously researched chapters, Dr. Vrooman provides the full context for the Little Shell’s present-day circumstance in Montana, from origins in the Upper Midwest to their role as successful traders, buffalo hunters, guides, and scouts in North Dakota and Montana (on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border), to their struggle for survival on the margins of Montana towns through the 1950s.
Vrooman writes: “Because of intense historical prejudice, the members of the Little Shell Tribe of Montana live today in a very distinctive and critical conundrum within the greater society. . . . The grand narrative of the Little Shell is . . . one of immense courage, fortitude, resilience, perseverance, hope, and love. It is a story that comprises the deeper, truer telling of our continent’s history.”
With its remarkable breadth of scholarship, its wealth of images of Chippewa, Cree, Assiniboine, and Métis life, and its passionate accounting of a proud people, “The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’” is destined to take its place alongside such classics on Métis culture as Joseph Kinsey Howard’s Strange Empire: Louis Riel and the Métis People and Canadian scholar Lawrence Barkwell’s essential anthology, Metis Legacy: A Metis Historiography and Annotated Bibliography.
Noted Canadian Métis author Maria Campbell writes, “[“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’”] is told from a gentle place by a good storyteller, knowledgeable historian, and friend of the people. I urge you to read it, reflect on it, and change the shameful way our mutual countries and governments treat Indigenous peoples, and in the end rob all our children of a rich inheritance.”
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’” is available at bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing, 1-866-787-2363. The 504-page softcover book is available for $39.95.
For a review copy, contact Riverbend Publishing, 1-866-787-2363, or Drumlummon Institute, info(at)drumlummon(dot)org
"The Whole Country was . . . 'One Robe'": The Little Shell Tribe’s America
By Nicholas C. P. Vrooman
Co-published by the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute
A Project of Northern Plains Folklife Resources
354 black-and-white illustrations
66 color plates
ISBN 10: 0976968444
ISBN 13: 978-0-9769684-4-3