Brenda Child and Michael Witgen, authors of two recent books on American Indian history, will share their research and perspectives on Friday, March 30, at an event hosted by Birchbark Books at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.
Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community details the ways in which women have shaped Native American life from the days of early trade with Europeans through the reservation era and beyond. Author Brenda Child is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Executive Council of the Minnesota Historical Society.
An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America explains that most of the continent’s indigenous peoples were not conquered, assimilated, or even socially incorporated into the settlements and political regimes of the early European colonies of the Atlantic world. Instead, Native peoples forged a New World of their own. Author Michael Witgen is the Director of Native American Studies and an Associate professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and he is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.