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February 2022: Adult Readers

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

For February 2022, we are extremely excited to feature and share with you Anton Treuer's 'The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World'. This book follows one Ojibwe family through the four seasons of the year and the four seasons of life, sharing a modern view of traditional Ojibwe beliefs and practices including hunting, gathering, and harvesting. The book provides readers with a feeling of connection to the rest of the planet, educating readers about this rich and beautiful culture and its enduring power throughout the generations. This book is a gift to anyone who is seeking to understand the Ojibwe worldview as well as better connect with the natural world and the people in it.

About the Author

Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of many books. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. Dr. Treuer has presented all over the U.S. and Canada and in several foreign countries on Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Cultural Competence & Equity, Strategies for Addressing the “Achievement” Gap, and Tribal Sovereignty, History, Language, and Culture. He has sat on many organizational boards and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships, including ones from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His published works include Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds, The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe (Winner of Caroline Bancroft History Prize and the American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit), Ojibwe in Minnesota (“Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress), The Assassination of Hole in the Day (Award of Merit Winner from the American Association for State and Local History), Atlas of Indian Nations, The Indian Wars: Battles, Bloodshed, and the Fight for Freedom on the American Frontier, and Awesiinyensag (“Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress). Treuer is on the governing board for the Minnesota State Historical Society. In 2018, he was named Guardian of Culture and Lifeways and recipient of the Pathfinder Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Educational Resources

Click the link below to download the Educational Resources in order to Read to Learn & Learn to Change with us!

The Cultural Toolbox Educational Resources
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Interview with Anton Treuer

February 21, 2022

(International Mother Language Day)


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