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

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

Archive