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Reading the rocks

Louise Erdrich explores her Ojibwe heritage, learning to read ancient painted signs on rocks and making ritual offerings to the spirits

15 April 2023

9:00 AM

15 April 2023

9:00 AM

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Travelling Through the Land of My Ancestors Louise Erdrich

Daunt Books, pp.160, 9.99

Louise Erdrich intrigues with her very first sentence: ‘My travels have become so focused on books and islands that the two have merged for me.’ She explores this integration in her astonishing account of her trips to the lakes and islands of Minnesota and Ontario, where ancient painted signs on rocks inspire her to perceive some islands as ‘books in themselves… You could think of the lakes as libraries.

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