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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S. (27 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873514114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873514118
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extraordinary glimpse into a rich and meaningful mythology.
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Manitous are spirits and mysteries that infuse all living creatures, representing both the wonders and shortcomings of human nature. In this spellbinding collection of legends and spiritual teachings, the world's leading native expert assembles a rich Ojibway heritage from an ancient, never-before-recorded oral tradition. 'The Manitous' is by turns comic, erotic, and dramatic, introducing wily tricksters, seductive maidens, half-human warriors, and ever-hungry evil giants. Their stories provide a window into an ancient culture, and hold great meaning for modern readers.

"Johnston's latest contribution to ethnology is this collection of graceful prose, a legacy of the Oijbways who reveal in this beautiful book a profound respect for animals, nature and their fellow humans."
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"A rich lore of supernatural characters who, in the hands of ancient story-tellers, both amuse and instruct as examples and parables."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Redfern on 9 May 2008
My boyfriend gave me this book because of my interest in Native American myths, in particular the Weendigo (a tall, eternally hungry monster that I first read about in an essay by Margaret Atwood.)

The Ojibway (also known as the Anishinaubae) have a rich storytelling tradition from which all their teachings on morality, ethics and the creation of the world come from. Like many other cultures, they believe in supreme beings (the Manitous) who live side by side with them and wield immense power. Some of these Manitous grant wishes and protection; others like the Weendigo cause only destruction and death.

Interestingly, the Ojibway tell stories of a great flood in their past, much like the one told in the Bible, which nearly destroyed all creatures. They also have a prophecy in which the arrival of the white man in America was foretold, bringing with him the Ojibway's destruction. Only the Ojibway who stay true to their ancient ways will survive the era of the white man and live to prosper again in North America. At the rate we are destroying our planet, it may be the best thing for humanity to survive through a people who always respected man's dependence on nature.
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Excellent reading! 6 April 2000
By "misko11111@aol.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written in such a way to document the historical value and so interestingly you don't even realize you are learing all along the way. I found the book accurate as to the stories as I remember the old people telling them.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 24 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Basil Johnson is a master story teller and writer. The legends are all deeply meaningful. He really transmits the spirit of the Anishinaubae in a vivid way. I hope he writes down a lot more of these haunting legends and that his hopes for the recovery of the Anishinaubae language and cultural traditions come to full realization.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Your "The Manitous" Delivered! 26 Feb. 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Great price. Glad you listed the book when and where I could find it. Everything in the preview was accurate. Great delivery! The book itself is just the best stories available from the Ojibway (Ojibwe) Tribe. Miigwech/Thank you, again for making it available when and where you did!!
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manitous 28 Jan. 2011
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This book is very specific and likely will be enjoyed only by those who have a great interest in the Manitous, Ojibway myth, or /and tribal people.It was a very easy and enjoyable read. It is well written and has a lot of interesting stories. Basil Johnson is a person to be believed.
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Thank You Basil Johnston!!! 4 Mar. 2014
By Delia LaForte - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a necessary reading if you are interested in Anishnaabe (Ojibway, Chippewa) culture and survival. Johnston tells us what Manitous are, how they've been mis-perceived and suppressed by Euro-Americans, and the importance of the stories to the survival of the Anishnaabe nation. He gives a chapter to each of the major manitous, telling their stories on the page, so they are available for those not hearing them on winter nights, or at gatherings. I am Abenaki, and so related to the Anishnaabe, with similar stories and way of being in the world. I have re-read this book every time I teach Love Medicine, Tracks or other book by Louise Erdrich. Wliwni.
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