Synopses & Reviews
Written in 1894 and recently recovered from the archives of the University of Minnesota, this incredible autobiography tells the story of a ChippewaScots French woman from Madeline Island in Lake Superior. The child and grandchild of fur traders, Eliza Morrison tells of a difficult and beautiful life carved out of the wildernessthe starving time” with her husband John on a homestead in northern Wisconsin; her travels by boat, dog sled, and on foot; and the joy of making maple syrup in the spring. Generously illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, Métis culture comes alive as Native American lore and history are blended with homesteading stories in true mixed-blood fashion, giving a 19th-century womans view of the Wisconsin Death March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota War as well as a personal look at the daily life of a fur trading family. Also included is a glossary of Chippewa words.
“This is an utterly absorbing book, a compelling read. . . . What a lucky find!” —Thunder-Bay Chronicle Journal
“For anyone interested in Great Lakes history, in the scantly recorded experiences of frontier women, or in the shadowed world of the Metis, this book is not to be missed.” —Traverse City Record Eagle
“A great contribution to understanding the forgotten Metis of the Great Lakes . . . this literary gem brings a richness to the Metissage chronicles that illustrate how mixed-blood people formed a culture apart from both Indians and whites.” —Choice
About the Author
lived on Madeline Island in Lake Superior in the late 1800s.