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In Indigenous cultures, it is very common and traditional to pass along oral history from generation to generation. This was the case for the family of Frank Doolittle, a member of the Bad River band of Ojibwe. One of Frank’s grandchildren, Sharon Doolittle Shuck, has written Frank’s story in his words.


Much research, some writing classes and family support have set the wheels in motion. Here you will find the product of much blood, sweat, and tears. It is informative, historical, truthful, educational, and from the heart.  - Sandra Wright


In this dramatic retelling of her grandfather Frank Doolittle’s blood memories, Native Elder Sharon Doolittle Shuck draws from oral tradition and archival sources to bring stories of Native historical trauma back to light.


From abuse in Catholic boarding schools to running away from Carlisle Indian School to walking in chains in Leavenworth prison, these stories based on real life offer vivid pictures of the trauma and challenges faced by Native Americans living through the late 1800s and early 1900s in the American Midwest. - Gina Temple-Rhodes

Grandfathers Blood Memories

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