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


Tags

how good looking you are Hilary Mantel plants The Ojibwe bill mckibben Book Review Let's Take the Long Way Home Czech Writer Ojibwe The Porcupine Year neighborhood book and dinner club boarding school sweden Gail Caldwell Minnesota State Troopers Tar Sands Jim Harrison the most romantic city in the world Chitra Divakaruni photography Vic Glover Easter Island thank you friends Up Late Again Fireworks show your love School Gardens Mankato Powwow Native Arts Anton Treuer language revitalization The Game of Silence Makoons British Navy Anishinabemowin ireland National Book Award twins Rare Books Philip Roth William Trevor Women and Trees Too Much Happiness Interview The Birchbark House gardens Canada devoted customers Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge The Wealth of Nature mississippi incarnation Aubrey/Maturin Poetry graphix The Resilient Gardener anniversary health care reform Climate Change Victory Gardens President Obama Tree Houses solstice, Thomas King monkey in a dryer Alan Weisman leaves and snow Louise 2666 Chickadee japan Michael Jackson friends italy Aza Catalyst H2Oil Brown Dog buffalo Wastepaper ptsd Peak Oil Wendy Makoons Geniusz Light in August Birchbark Books birchbark house series Ha Jin Anishinabe Bleak House Nemesis World on the Edge Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Nero Minneapolis support Keepers of the Trees The Farmer's Daughter north dakota Beth Dooley Native People Small Bookstores as Commons coyote cafe closing pilgrims Video Peak Water Kabul tree books peculiar touches of green and gold euphoria NACDI:All My Relations france Alice Munro Zombies The Blue Sky Collective Denial Milkweed Press Dartmouth Keystone XL Bohumil Hrabal post holiday Mohamed's Ghosts favorite tree favorite book Kenwood Gardens This Green World More Remarkable Trees Pembina Dogs joy adventure The Transition Handbook gratitude Empire of the Summer Moon Ice thanks Green Team post holiday reads ependent green Wolf Hall Gryphon Press Ojibwemowin Crushing Books Botany Afghanistan fresh water customers Emily Johnson Magers and Quinn S.C. Gwynne knowledge Kate DiCamillo Population Bill Moyers Journal favorite dog china Gary Clement Unnatural Disasters spring Roberto Bolano Greenland aquifer E.L. Doctorow Hillary Clinton city of books Remarkable Trees Too Loud A Solitude 350.org Islam Education Stephen Salisbury local economy trees cafe Patrick O'Brian Love germany The Royal Prussian Library

Archive