Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong


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University of Minnesota Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her books The Road Back to Sweetgrass, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, and In the Night of Memory, all from Minnesota, have earned numerous awards, including the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award; Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards for Poetry, Memoir, and Fiction; and a Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Her book of stories The Dance Boots was the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.


"This thoughtful book--parts memoir, history, poetry, myth--presents Duluth and North Shore from the point of view of those who lived there long before white people. Grover, a prizewinning writer and enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, brings to vivid life the neighborhoods around Duluth's Point of Rocks, the town of Chippewa City and places in between."--Star Tribune Magazine

"[Grover's] own layering of family history, creation stories and tribal lore makes this book a complex map of a place and its people in intimate, worldly and otherworldly terms."--Star Tribune

"Gichigami Hearts is for fans of history and story alike."--Book Riot

"In Gichigami Hearts, one does not read a story only once and walk away. With each new telling, more is revealed. Every story connects with another, back and forth in time."--Colors of Influence

"Genre-defying . . . Sharing stories and histories, Grover lyrically reflects upon her community's relationships to the land, the culture and one another."--Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine

"There is so much to explore in this collection, with stories that connect us all."--Superstition Review

"A blend of the amusing and tragic, the spiritual and the embodied, the indigenous and the immigrant, these stories portray life lived in the light of Anishinabbe ways." --Ely Winter Times

"Gichigami Hearts flows like beadwork: each piece of prose, or poetry, or photograph is applied to the background of history, of place, of memory, or of kinship, with a vine of connection unifying seemingly disparate elements." --American Indian Culture and Research Journal