Phil Bellfy / Three Fires Unity (Anishnaabeg)

UP Notable Book Club presents a history of the Anishnaabeg in the Lake Huron region

UP Notable Book Club:  the Crystal Falls Community District Library in partnership with the U.P. Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA) has scheduled author events with winners of the UP Notable Book List. The second event is with Phil Bellfy featuring his book Three Fires Unity The Anishnaabeg of the Lake Huron Borderland. The events are open to all U.P. residents free of charge.

When: Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central
Where:  There will be socially distanced seating available at the Bayliss Public Library at the Soo — Or to participate via Zoom, please contact Evelyn Gathu in advance by email:, or by phone (906) 875-3344.  We recommend you borrow a copy of these books from your local library or purchase from your local bookseller in advance to get the most out of these events.

Phil Bellfy (Enrolled Member of the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa) is a professor emeritus of American Indian studies at Michigan State University. He is also the author of Indians and Other Misnomers: A Cross-Reference Dictionary of the People, Persons, and Places of Native North America. You’ll be joined by readers from around the Upper Peninsula in a lively question and answer session with the author.

Winner of the North American Indian Prose Award, Three Fires Unity, the first comprehensive cross-border history of the Anishnaabeg provides an engaging account of four hundred years of their life in the Lake Huron area, showing how they have been affected by European contact and trade. Three Fires Unity examines how shifting European politics and, later, the imposition of the Canada–United States border running through their homeland, affected them and continue to do so today. In looking at the cultural, social, and political aspects of this borderland contact, Phil Bellfy sheds light on how the Anishnaabeg were able to survive and even thrive over the centuries in this intensely contested region

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