Ojibwe historian Brenda Child explores labor on the reservation

'My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks'
'My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks' by Brenda Child
Book cover courtesy of publisher

For the Ojibwe people, moving to reservations meant the end of economic self-sufficiency. Cut off from their traditional forms of labor and support, the first generation on the Red Lake Reservation struggled to find work. Ojibwe historian Brenda Child tells the story of this generation, and how they confronted the stark economic challenges of World War I and the Great Depression while preserving their identity and culture.

Child's book, "My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks," draws from her own family's story, including from the Bureau of Indian Affairs file on her grandparents' computer. She joins The Daily Circuit to discuss what life was like for her family, as well as for other Ojibwe people around the Great Lakes.

Child will be a guest on the "History Lounge" on Dec. 16. The event is free.

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