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.   
Comments
Johanna Garcia commented on 28-Nov-2009 07:00 PM
Dear Louise,
I haven't seen you in almost 9 years. I know because that's how old our youngest children are. I wanted you to know that my students are once again (it's irreplaceable, as far as I am concerned) reading Birchbark House and loving it. I am so grateful as a teacher (I teach lower grades now) to have this book to accompany my students in their leap into literacy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Greet Persia for me,
Johanna Garcia
Marta commented on 27-Dec-2009 03:44 PM
You've also had a visitor from Poland. Even though I live n Berlin, I come from Poland. Hope you enjoyed the book I have left for you in the bookstore. Smiles!
Janet commented on 29-Dec-2009 11:22 AM
And then there are the customers who live in a not so sexy locale, someplace like Minneapolis.
Anonymous commented on 05-Jan-2010 02:49 PM
You missed counting me also. I visited the store in July and I'm from France, although an American who has lived in France for 35 years. This fall I even gave a talk on "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" to my book club made up of French women who had never heard about Louise Erdrich and had little knowledge of Native Americans. It was a success!
Barbara Carlier
Harriett commented on 18-Nov-2012 09:13 AM
Like everyone else, I tried unsuccessfully to parse this book over several days. But I devoured it in 24 hours. I always feel guilty when I consume so quickly a great work such as yours that was created over a period of years. I feel greedy, but happily so. Whenever I run across a familiar name (Nanapush, Lamartine) my heart fills with joy and opens up and a it's like a butterfly flies out. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

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

Archive