No Word for Time: The Way of the Algonquin People

Feb 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 13-3: Sustaining Our Future, Media Reviews

NO WORD FOR TIME COVERby Evan T. Pritchard
Council Oaks Books, 2001
290 pages

Review by Dr. Lori Lambert

I have read almost every book on Mi’kmaq and Abenaki tribes, but Evan T. Pritchard touched the very essence of who I am as a Wabenaki/Mi’kmaq woman. His work, No Word for Time: The way of Algonquin People, brings me back to Eel Ground Reserve of the Miramachi River, New Brunswick, Canada, the lands of my ancestors. Pritchard writes from his heart with such a poignant message from the Wabanki nation that many times I am moved to tears. Here, at last, is someone who understands the lifeways of my people and realizes how we have survived intact into the 21st Century. We are the people of the dawnland on the eastern most coast of Turtle Island/North America. Our elders and ancestors believe and Pritchard so eloquently states, “As long as there is one person to honor the sun each morning, it will rise again.”

The title could be misleading as embracing all Algonquin Nations since he focuses purposely on the Mi’kmaq nation and culture. Pritchard carries us along on his personal journey connecting to ancient ways, ceremonies, and learning one’s culture over time. He honors the timeless wisdom of the elders and the present day ways that have sustained our people.

From the old New England Wabenaki Confederacy to our Lenni-Lenape Algonquin relatives in the Southeast, to Algonquin Prairie Nations of Cree, Blackfeet, and Piegan, and the Great Lakes Ojibwa Confederacy, Pritchard’s outstanding appendix of the major Algonquin nations throughout North America is an inspired resource for courses in Native American studies, ethnography, Algonquin language, and geography. His personal story will dance into your heart.

Lori Lambert, Wabenaki/Mi’kmaq, is the assistant director for distance education at Salish Kootenai College.

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