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

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

Archive