Basil H. Johnston

Basil H. Johnston, author (born 13 July 1929 at Wasauksing First Nation, ON; died 8 September 2015 in Wiarton, ON). One of the foremost Aboriginal authors, Johnston, an ethnologist at the Royal Ontario Museum, wrote widely about his people's traditions and modern life. Ojibway Heritage and Ojibway Ceremonies were written to re-sensitize his people to traditions many had abandoned or never learned about. How the Birds Got Their Colors (1978), Tales the Elders Told: Ojibway Legends (1981) and By Canoe & Moccasin: Some Native Names of the Great Lakes are myths and legends adapted for children. Moose Meat and Wild Rice is a collection of humorous short stories about contemporary reservation life. Indian School Days traces the author's childhood years at St Peter Claver's School in Northern Ontario.