Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws

 AORP   (Little Spirit Bear, 2006)

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Unique in its status as a collection of works by a North American Indian about North American Indians, the Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws tells the story of two Ojibwa brothers living in the eighteenth century who have a knack for getting into trouble. In particular, Rabbit, the older and sneakier brother, likes to play pranks on fellow villagers and animals, and often convinces Bear Paws to go along, against Bear Paws’ better judgment. When one of their jokes leads them down a bad path, though, they end up lost in the woods and at the mercy of British soldiers, who believe them to be hired native guides that will help them get the drop on their French rivals. Of course, the mischievous brothers have other plans.

If nothing else, the Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws is interesting as a cultural artifact, because there are not many Indian cartoonists working in the field, and even less telling tales of their own people. This graphic novel is collected from strips published in the Anishinabek newsletter, a clear indicator of the strip’s importance to its native culture. Beyond that, though, these cartoons are funny—they certainly rival what one can read in the daily newspaper—and do a good job of educating readers on the culture and customs the strip wishes to portray.

— Eric Garneau

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