Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog


Louise Erdrich - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I've just sent in the manuscript for the next book in The Birchbark House series.  Title: Chickadee.  I am still working on the art and drawing horses at last because my family (Omakayas, the twins Makoons and Chickadee, Animikiins, and all of the others) have moved onto the Great Plains.  I realized that for the sake of this book series we had to move there around 1866.  This is a fascinating year for all sorts of reasons, but for the main character, Chickadee, it is a year of unusual adventure.   Some odd things happen to Chickadee.  He challenges a man named Skunk.  He is kidnapped by two brutish louts who want a servant.  He learns to cook a wretched concoction called bouyah.  Chickadee runs away from well meaning but heartless missionaries.  He learns to survive completely alone in the woods helped by his namesake, the chickadee, who teaches him a song that can heal.  There is lots more, including a visit to Saint Paul, the first city he has ever seen, and composed at the time of shacks, pubs, treeless mansions, and lots of trading companies.  This book has been on my mind for a long time, and during this endless winter I've finally had time to compose it -- so at last.  As I mentioned, I am still working on the drawings.  I take photographs of my family and use them in the compositions.  I draw objects from my collections.  I make people up.  All in all, this is a pretty good job to have.  I recommend it for those who like to live in their pajamas.

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Birchbark Books Unnatural Disasters post holiday reads ependent gardens Keystone XL Anton Treuer The Farmer's Daughter north dakota devoted customers The Transition Handbook Ice Poetry favorite book Michael Jackson Minnesota euphoria plants Peak Water buffalo birchbark house series Up Late Again the most romantic city in the world Bohumil Hrabal Empire of the Summer Moon Love Book Review Philip Roth Kabul Aubrey/Maturin Afghanistan Tree Houses Alan Weisman Wastepaper This Green World Gary Clement cafe friends Patrick O'Brian monkey in a dryer Nemesis green ireland Czech Writer Aza ptsd Video The Blue Sky Mohamed's Ghosts bill mckibben Beth Dooley Small Bookstores as Commons Greenland Brown Dog Crushing Books city of books Roberto Bolano france State Troopers Islam Victory Gardens Hillary Clinton customers Canada peculiar touches of green and gold British Navy local economy Dogs Gail Caldwell Easter Island Chickadee pilgrims Anishinabe Ojibwe H2Oil favorite tree Emily Johnson Too Loud A Solitude Keepers of the Trees The Porcupine Year Kenwood Gardens Jim Harrison Ojibwemowin Too Much Happiness aquifer Light in August Zombies show your love National Book Award Tar Sands Climate Change E.L. Doctorow mississippi tree books Milkweed Press coyote Rare Books thank you friends neighborhood knowledge solstice, Thomas King Louise support Dartmouth health care reform Let's Take the Long Way Home language revitalization NACDI:All My Relations 2666 leaves and snow The Resilient Gardener cafe closing World on the Edge Minneapolis William Trevor The Birchbark House italy Botany Nero The Royal Prussian Library School Gardens Wolf Hall Alice Munro Peak Oil boarding school germany Ha Jin thanks Interview Population Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Fireworks Mankato Powwow japan Collective Denial Education favorite dog anniversary S.C. Gwynne The Game of Silence twins Anishinabemowin trees adventure incarnation sweden More Remarkable Trees Chitra Divakaruni The Ojibwe gratitude Native People Wendy Makoons Geniusz Vic Glover graphix Makoons Green Team Kate DiCamillo Pembina Native Arts fresh water President Obama Gryphon Press Bill Moyers Journal The Wealth of Nature spring book and dinner club how good looking you are Remarkable Trees china photography Hilary Mantel Women and Trees Bleak House post holiday Magers and Quinn Stephen Salisbury Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Catalyst joy