“Before books there was the land. It taught our ancestors what they needed to know in order to survive; it challenged our ancestors to use what they had learned to edify their spirits, souls, hearts and minds. What they learned was revelation.
“”While also serving as a mantra for the study of the Ojibwe language, The Gift of the Stars advances the knowledge so necessary for Ojibwe students today. There is a critical need for academic materials to revitalize the language in a time when it does face ultimate extinction. Basil’s work goes a long way to stemming the tide.”” —Dr. Cecil King, founder of the Indian Teacher Education Program, University of Saskatchewan.”