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“These trails of the north are a sermon in harmonious living. They tell not only of a tragedy of a race in conflict with [western] civilization but of their whole philosophy and outlook on life. We have so much to learn from Indians and no better place to learn it today than portages worn smooth by our Indian predecessors.”

–Ober

“Since 1913, I have lived almost continuously among the ‘pagan’ Ojibwe Indians in the territory north of and tributary to Rainy Lake, Ontario. I have made numerous trips alone on snowshoes or in canoe to tribes within a radius of 250 miles, one of the objects being to record in their own language and from their own diction, their old legends and songs. I have taken down a great many of their stories from dictation in the original Ojibwe.”

–Ober

“I traveled alone in 1914 by canoe in summer and snowshoes in winter among the Indians between Rainy Lake and Lac Seul getting their acquaintance and their language.”

–Ober

Grandfather,
Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the sacred way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the sacred way.
Grandfather,
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the earth
and heal each other.

–Ojibwe Prayer


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