Here is a video from 1946 filmed on the Red Lake Reservation. It talks about farming, art–features Patrick DesJarlait Sr.–as well as fishing, and logging.   The narration clearly isn’t geared towards an Anishinaabeg audience, and is at times hard to listen to. However, I did enjoy seeing the people living life in 1946.  Continue reading


Here’s a few more illustrations from “Gidjie and the Wolves” (Intermediaries, book 1). ‪‘Gidjie’ is short for gijigijigaaneshiinh, ‘chickadee’ in Anishinaabemowin. Here she is, working some dough. What kind of dough, you ask? If you guessed that it-she-is a living doughball named Bluebelle, who comes from a piece of frybread dough made in the 1800’s,Continue reading “Illustrations”

Jonathan Thunder Collaboration

Well, the cat’s out of the bag. In my interview with Lisa Johnson, host of KUMD’s MN Reads this morning, I couldn’t help but tell her about a new development: Jonathan Thunder (aka my hubby) will inking my drawings for “Gidjie and the Wolves”! Here’s a link to the MN Reads interview from this morning:Continue reading “Jonathan Thunder Collaboration”