GICHIGAMI HEARTS and THE SKY WATCHED Zoom event with Ramsey County Historical Society and Linda LeGarde Grover

Linda LeGarde Grover will join the Ramsey County Historical Society for a discussion of two of her books, GICHIGAMI HEARTS and THE SKY WATCHED, on Indigenous People's Day, Monday, October 10.
  • GICHIGAMI HEARTS and THE SKY WATCHED Zoom event with Ramsey County Historical Society and Linda LeGarde Grover
  • 2022-10-10T19:00:00-05:00
  • 2022-10-10T20:00:00-05:00
  • Linda LeGarde Grover will join the Ramsey County Historical Society for a discussion of two of her books, GICHIGAMI HEARTS and THE SKY WATCHED, on Indigenous People's Day, Monday, October 10.
When Oct 10, 2022
from 19:00 PM to 20:00 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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Award-winning author Linda LeGarde Grover interweaves family and Ojibwe history with stories from Misaabekong (the place of the giants) on Lake SuperiorA collective memoir in poetry of an Ojibwe family and tribal community, from creation myth to this day, updated with new poems

Linda LeGarde Grover will join the Ramsey County Historical Society for a Zoom discussion of two of her books, Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong and The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, on Indigenous People's Day, Monday, October 10. This event is part of the Historical Society's History Revealed Series, in partnership with the East Side Freedom Library and Roseville Library. 

Please preregister (free!) for the Zoom discussion here. 

Linda LeGarde Grover is professor emerita 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, In the Night of Memory, and Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong, 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 received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.

Reaching from the moment of creation to a newborn’s cry, The Sky Watched gives poetic voice to Ojibwe family life. In English and Ojibwe, those assembled here—voices of history, of memory and experience, of children and elders, and the Manidoog, the unseen beings who surround our lives—create a collective memoir in poetry as expansive and particular as the starry sky. 

"Linda LeGarde Grover’s The Sky Watched is a beautiful litany of poems about Anishinaabe lives. She weaves English and Anishinaabemowin in lovely and innovative ways, and what is left at the end of the collection is a heartbreaking symphony full of many voices, all coming together with their own sorrowing but merciful hands." —Erika Wurth, author of Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend

Long before there was a Duluth, Minnesota, the massive outcropping that divides the city emerged from the ridge of gabbro rock running along the westward shore of Lake Superior. A great westward migration carried the Ojibwe people to this place, the Point of Rocks. Against this backdrop—Misaabekong, the place of the giants—the lives chronicled in Linda LeGarde Grover’s book unfold, some in myth, some in long-ago times, some in an imagined present, and some in the author’s family history, all with a deep and tenacious bond to the land, one another, and the Ojibwe culture.

"With compelling stories of sacred places, beloved people, myths, legends, and treasured memories, Gichigami Hearts is a moving tribute to the Ojibwe past." —Carolyn Holbrook, author of Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify