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Pierrish Jourdain

According to Joe Paddock, “Through the winter [of 1914–15], Ober continued his cultural work with nearby Ojibwe, and by the spring of 1915 he had collected a considerable amount of material.” His principal source of stories and legends during this time was Perrish Jourdain, who was of French and Indian descent and who was nearly 100 years old. It was around this time that the Ojibwe began calling Ober “Atisokan,” which means “legend” or “teller of legends.”

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