Doodem and Council Fire

Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance

By (author) Heidi Bohaker
Categories: Legal history, Jurisprudence and general issues, Law
Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Hardcover : 9781442647312, 304 pages, December 2020

Table of contents



1. The Doodem Tradition 

2. Family in All Four Directions 

3. Anishinaabe Constitutionalism 

4. Governance in Action 

5. Doodem in the Era of Settler Colonialism 




Doodem and Council Fire offers a fresh approach to Indigenous history, presenting a new interpretation grounded in a deep understanding of the nuances and distinctiveness of Anishinaabe culture and Indigenous traditions. Combining socio-legal and ethnohistorical studies, this book presents the history of doodem, or clan identification markings, left by Anishinaabe on treaties and other legal documents from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Heidi Bohaker asks not only what these doodem markings indicate, but what they may also reveal through their exclusions.