In a session with Stephen Schaitberger in 2011, I learned ofStephen’s collection of papers about Enmegahbowh, an Ojibwe, and was asked if Iwould transcribe letters in the collection. The result was a computerarchive of about a thousand documents including about 200 letters fromEnmegahbowh in date order. Many of the letters were to Episcopal BishopWhipple, important politicians, and others. There had to be a story inthis trove. The story of Enmegahbowh, from 1813 to after 1900 is about theperiod during which land occupied by the Ojibwe was relinquished by the Ojibweto furnish timber for sawmills and land for farmers. A first draft of the storybased on the archive and on Stephen’s book collection was produced and then thereal work began. Books and documents from the Minnesota HistoricalSociety’s Gale Library was frequently referenced. The local White BearLake Library was able to deliver reference books of which only seven copiesexit in the United States. The internet was utilized to find more substantialreferences. Ideas for the content and presentation were debated hotly. Mywriting credentials include a book co-authored with my brother DonaldPickering, published in 2009; Hatley, History of a Central Wisconsin Village.
I dedicate this book to the understanding of history of the Ojibwe duringEnmegahbowh’s lifetime.