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Native American Language Book Named Best Read
a press realease of Wiigwaas Press
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Awesiinyensag by Anton Treuer et al.
Chosen as Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011 by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress!

Awesiinyensag - dibaajimowinan ji-gikinoo'amaageng

Awesiinyensag presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures. Suitable for all ages, this book can be read aloud, assigned to classes, shared at language tables, gifted to elders, and enjoyed by those curious about the language and all who love Anishinaabemowin.

Authored by a team of twelve and richly illustrated by Ojibwe artist Wesley Ballinger, Awesiinyensag will be the first in a series created to encourage learning Anishinaabemowin, the language of Ojibwe people. Awesiinyensag authors and editors are Nancy Jones, Eugene Stillday, Rose Tainter, Anna Gibbs, Marlene Stately, Anton Treuer, Keller Paap, Lisa LaRonge, Michael Sullivan, John Nichols, Lucia Bonacci, and Heather Fairbanks. The creation and publication of Awesiinyensag was made possible through partnership between the Minnesota Humanities Center and Birchbark House nonprofit. Funding for the project came through a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People grant.

Wiigwaas Press is part of Birchbark House, a nonprofit founded by sisters Heid Erdrich and Louise Erdrich in 2008 in order to promote indigenous language revitalization through publications and programs. Information about Birchbark House nonprofit is available at

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The Birchbark House Fund
Sisters Louise Erdrich and Heid Erdrich began The Birchbark House Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation in 2008 in order to support the work of indigenous language revitalization through publication, events, and scholarship. Since 2008 we have supported authors, illustrators, editors, and interns. You can contribute to The Birchbark House Fund using the Give MN link below.

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