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Wisconsin Indian Literature
Anthology of Native Voices
Edited by Kathleen Tigerman
Foreword by Jim Ottery


A major anthology of Wisconsin's Native writers

Literature of the Indian Nations of Wisconsin is a unique anthology that presents the oral traditions, legends, speeches, myths, histories, literature, and historically significant documents of the current twelve independent bands and Indian Nations of Wisconsin. Kathleen Tigerman sought input from tribe elders and educators to provide an accurate chronological portrait of each nation, including the Siouan Ho-Chunk; the Algonquian Menominee, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi; and three groups originally from what is now New York State: the Iroquoian Oneida, the Stockbridge-Munsee band of the Mohican Nations, and the Brothertown Nation.

Some of these works refer to very ancient times–more than six thousand years ago–and others are contemporary. These pieces focus on issues of Wisconsin Native communities by sharing Native knowledge and dialogue about sovereignty, decolonization, cultural genocide, forced removals, assimilation, and other concerns.

This anthology introduces us to a vivid and unforgettable group of voices, enhanced by many maps, photographs, and chronologies. Literature of the Indian Nations of Wisconsin fosters cross-cultural understanding among non-Native readers and the people of the First Nations.

"Tigerman uniquely presents these selections from a literary perspective, using the actual words of native writers themselves as the basis for knowledge about their heritage and their contemporary significance."
–S. Verna Fowler, President, College of Menominee Nation



photo of Mountain Wolf Woman is an historical photo. Mountain Wolf Woman is young, has her hair parted in the middle and wears many earrings, or hair ornaments.A sampling of voices included:
John V. Satterlee, Menominee
Ada Deer, Menominee
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk
Mountain Wolf Woman, Ho-Chunk
Jim Funmaker, Ho-Chunk
Nick Hockings, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe
Eddie Benton-Banai, Lac Courte Oreilles  Ojibwe
Patty Loew, Bad River Band Ojibwe
Denise Sweet, White Earth Ojibwe
Chief Menominee, Potawatomi
Shawequet, Potawatomi
Thelma Cornelius McLester, Oneida
Roberta J. Hill, Oneida
Konkapot, Housatonic Tribe of Mohicans
Dorothy W. Davids, Stockbridge-Munsee
Cathy J. Caldwell, Stockbridge-Munsee
Jim Ottery, Brothertown
Samson Occom, Mohegan


Published in connection with the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
this is the logo for the Wisconsin Humanities Council. It has three interlocking speech balloons and the slogan "community through conversation."


Kathleen Tigerman is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. She developed a course on Wisconsin Indian Literature, which is now a permanent course offering at UW–Platteville.


To schedule an interview with the author or to request a review copy of the book, contact our publicity manager, phone: (608) 263-0734, email: publicity@uwpress.wisc.edu.


cover of the Tigerman is illustrated with an Indian rock painting of a bird.

November 2006
LC: 2006008599 PS
336 pp. 7 x 10
11 b/w photos, 9 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-22064-8
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