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Children's Nonfiction Native American

Nations of the Western Great Lakes

by (author) Kathryn Smithyman & Bobbie Kalman

Crabtree Publishing Company
Initial publish date
Oct 2002
Native American, Native Canadian, Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2002
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2002
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The Western Great Lakes region was once home to many Algonkian-speaking nations, including the Anishinabe, Menominee, Sauk, and Fox. For hundreds of years, these peoples thrived in the Great Lakes woodlands, relying on nature’s bounty for their survival. This fascinating new book describes cultural similarities and differences between these nations, their homes, hunting and farming practices, and the importance of family.

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Nations of the Western Great Lakes

Also in the Native Nations of North America series, this book introduces the indigenous people who lived around Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and west of Lake Huron. This was a region of many plants, animals, rivers and lakes. It consisted of eleven nations. These nations spoke languages that belonged to either the Algonquian or Siouan language group. The reader is introduced to the different nations and their relationship to each other. Other information includes how these people related to the changing seasons, their homes, modes of transportation, trade between nations, contact with the Europeans and how that contact completely changed their lives. Colour illustrations and captions of related information and a glossary are included.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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