With a Foreword by Elijah Harper
Following Nimishoomis provides a detailed history of the Namegosibiing Trout Lake community in northwestern Ontario through the life story of Dedibaayaanimanook Sarah Keesick Olsen as told by her daughter. Namegosibiing was Dedibaayaanimanook's ancestral homeland where she was born in 1922 and where she gained firsthand knowledge about traditional teachings and ways of life. The story reveals, the many challenges faced by her community in that critical period of change in the early part of the 20th century.
Dedibaayaanimanook grew up in a way that was hardly touched by Europeans, witnessed at a young age their increasing encroachment, and lived her adult life coping with the challenging changes by drawing on the worldviews instilled in her by her parents and grandparents. She raised a family of her own in a society dominated by European values and with a European partner, but she never forgot about the values of her own people.