The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World


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$18.95  $17.62
Minnesota Historical Society Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is the author of numerous books on Indigenous history and language. He has sat on several organizational boards and received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships, including 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. Among his many book publications are The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World, The Language Warrior's Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds, Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe, The Assassination of Hole in the Day, Atlas of Indian Nations, and a young reader's edition of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.


"Anton Treuer learned his cultural lessons from respected elders throughout Anishinaabe country, and he lives his life according to the ancient Anishinaabe teachings. In this book, he does a masterful job of both protecting and revealing the ancient wisdom that we all seek By sharing personal stories, Treuer shows how the ancient wisdom is relevant in today's world."

Paul Day, Chief Judge, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

"Each generation has a few who tell the story of being Anishinaabe during their time, and this book is one of those stories. It is personal and communal, polite but also firm about the ways we need to care for our culture. Some make small offerings in the form of songs and poetry. This book is long like a shoreline, an Anton Treuer prayer for the resilience of Ojibwe language and culture."

Margaret Ann Noodin, author of What the Chickadee Knows / Gijigijigaaneshiinh Gikendaan: Poems in Anishinaabemowin and English

"An incredibly well-written narrative introduction into Ojibwe cultural teachings and their saliency in the contemporary world. Treuer draws upon his knowledge from a life lived on the Red Road, Anishinaabemowin, and lessons from numerous Anishinaabeg Elders to create this text.... I highly recommend that those beginning or already living the Anishisinaabeg road, and those interested in learning about our culture, read The Cultural Toolbox. Knowledge brings understanding, understanding brings respect, and both help all of us live together as human beings."
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