Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Thank You, Pilgrims

Louise Erdrich - Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thank you, Pilgrims!

No, not buckle pilgrims -- book pilgrims.

 Our little bookstore would never survive without the Pilgrims who come to visit us from every part of the world.  Thank you for coming to visit us.  Thank you for drinking coffee at the Kenwood Cafe.  Thank you for sitting in the reading chairs and for telling us how and why you came to Birchbark Books.  Thank you for sharing the green stuff that lubricates the wheels of civilization.  Over the summer and fall, we've have visitors from Italy, Canada, China, Germany, England, Nigeria, Ireland, Turkey, Sweden, Japan, Romania, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Maple Grove, Minnesota, from the nations of Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, Turtle Mountain, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and ICELAND ( !), to name just a few locales where literati decide that when visiting Minneapolis they will find Birchbark Books.

It is always such a pleasure to find out how and why people arrive at the blue Birchbark door (blue to resist evil spirits).  Often they have been dragged in by a relative, it is true.  But that relative has a love of books and little bookstores, and passes this on.  Many times the next generation is imbued with the spirit of the place.  We have children who have grown up reading such books as A Coyote Solstice Tale, by Thomas King, pictures by Gary Clement.  The perfect book to read in the Birchbark Loft.  This is a wonderful coyote sweet and funny book, a gentle anti-Christmas craziiness story that resonated with me and will, I think, with every mother and father whose children's visions of sugar plums require them to visit a crowded mall.  It made me want to drink hot chocolate and curl up with a good book.

I plan on curling up (again) with Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive, Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings, by Wendy Makoons Geniusz.   This book is several things at once: a primer on truth, an innovative Anishinabe-English language text, a grand discussion of what has been already written about Anishinabe use of plants, and a delightful act of love.   Decolonized knowledge of the world allows a person access to the entire range of human experience of nature -- from use to song to dream to dance.  This work is eye-opening and joyous .  And it is one of my favorite books of the year.   

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


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