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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors
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Harper Perennial
Pub Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780062309969
Louise Erdrich
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors
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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors

by Louise Erdrich

For more than three decades, Louise Erdrich has enthralled readers with dazzling novels that paint an evocative portrait of Native American life.

In Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating tour through the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for centuries: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario. Summoning to life the Ojibwe's sacred spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, she considers the many ways in which her tribe—whose name derives from the word ozhibii'ige, "to write"—have influenced her. Her journey links ancient stone paintings with a magical island where a bookish recluse built an extraordinary library, and she reveals how both have transformed her.

A blend of history, mythology, and memoir, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country is an enchanting meditation on modern life, natural splendor, and the ancient spirituality and creativity of Erdrich's native homeland—a long, elemental tradition of storytelling that is in her blood.

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Logan Kuschel commented on 06-Mar-2016 04:33 PM
Hello Louise my name is Logan Kuschel. I'm a freshman at Grand Rapids High School and am currently enrolled in my first year of Ojibwe with Ms. Erven. Let me tell you, this book was facinating! When I first found out we were reading this book in my Ojibwe class, I didn't know what to expect. After the first chapter, I was immediately hooked and wanted to learn more. I learned so much from this book including Ojibwe words, the meaning of family and culture, and especially your love and passion for books. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I hope to stop by Birch Bark Books as soon as possible!
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