Basil Johnston

Back in 1968 a grade 5 student, after studying Indians in depth for five weeks, asked Basil Johnston, a visitor to the school, "Is that all there is to Indians, Sir?"

Since that time Basil Johnston has written 15 books in English and 5 in Ojibway to show that there is much more to North American life than social organization, hunting and fishing, food preparation, clothing, dwellings and transportation.

Among the books that Basil has written are Ojibway Heritage, Indian School Days, The Manitous and Crazy Dave.

In addition he has written numerous articles that have been published in newspapers, anthologies and periodicals. But the key to understanding culture is language and to provide this key, Basil Johnston has developed audio programs on cassette and CD.

For his work, he has received the Order of Ontario and Honourary Doctorates from the University of Toronto and Laurentian University.
Ojibway Ceremonies
Author: Basil Johnston
Format: Paperback
  • Johnston focuses on a young member of the tribe and his development through participation in the many rituals so important to the Ojibway way of life, from the Naming Ceremony and the Vision Quest to the War Path, and from the Marriage Ceremony to the Ritual of the Dead.

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Think Indian
Author: Basil Johnston
Format: Paperback
  • Think Indian is a collection of essays and presentations that Mr. Johnston has delivered to numerous educational conferences and gatherings across Canada and the United States. Topics covered, while all relating to the critical need to protect and encourage our language, include how we are: “One Generation Away From Extinction,” “Cowboys and Indians” to “You can’t tell stories in the summertime” and the title essay “Think Indian.”

    “Think Indian” bumper stickers pleaded and advocated in the 60’s, “Think Indian.”

    And while the plea may have been intended for general consideration, it represented in many instances a personal appeal for the exercise of a greater degree or intensity of Indianness, particularly by those who were prevented, for a variety of reasons, from practicing real Indianness.

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Walking in Balance
Author: Basil Johnston
Format: Paperback
  • We have, according to our beliefs, five essential parts: body, soul, spirit, heart, and mind, which all have to be satisfied equally. When you are in balance you are walking on the right road, following the right path of life - Basil Johnston. Ten traditional Anishinaabe stories are told in both Anishinaabe and English languages for adults.

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The Anishnaubaemowin Series: Living in Harmony
Author: Basil Johnston
Format: Paperback
  • "In late August the birds that migrate for the winter begin to gather in flocks. How soon or late they gather will reflect how soon or late winter will set in, but it will always take place in conjunction with the setting of autumn. It is the voice of Mother Earth pulsating through the plants to the insects, birds, and animals, letting them know that it is time to go. What insects, birds and animals do in answer to Mother Earth's beckoning is nothing more nor nothing less than it is time to do this because this is taking place."- Exerpt from Introduction by Basil Johnston

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