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The Birchbark House

Erdrich, Louise (Book - 2002 )
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Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. For as long as Omakayas can remember, she and her family have lived on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the chimookoman, white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has. Every summer the family builds a new birchbark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her annoying little brother, Pinch, plays with the adorable baby, Neewo, and tries to be grown-up like her beautiful older sister, Angeline. But the satisfying rhythms of their lives are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever. Set on an island in Lake Superior in 1847, and filled with fascinating details of traditional Ojibwa life, The Birchbark House is a breathtaking novel by one of America's most gifted and original writers.
Authors: Erdrich, Louise
Title: The birchbark house
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2002
Edition: 1st Hyperion pbk. ed
Characteristics: 244 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Louise Erdrich with illustrations by the author
Notes: "National Book Award finalist"--Cover
Originally published: 1999
Contents: Girl from Spirit Island
Neebin (Summer): Birchbark house
Old tallow
Return
Andeg: Deydey's ghost story
Dagwaging (Fall): Fishtail's pipe
Pinch
Move
First snow
Biboon (Winter): Blue ferns: Grandma's story: Fishing the dark side of the lake
Visitor
Hunger: Nanabozho and Muskrat make an earth
Zeegwun (Spring)
Maple sugar time
One Horn's protection
Full circle
Note on the Ojibwa language
Glossary and pronounciation guide of Ojibwa terms
Summary: Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. For as long as Omakayas can remember, she and her family have lived on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the chimookoman, white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has. Every summer the family builds a new birchbark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her annoying little brother, Pinch, plays with the adorable baby, Neewo, and tries to be grown-up like her beautiful older sister, Angeline. But the satisfying rhythms of their lives are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever. Set on an island in Lake Superior in 1847, and filled with fascinating details of traditional Ojibwa life, The Birchbark House is a breathtaking novel by one of America's most gifted and original writers.
ISBN: 0786814543
9780786814541
0756911869
9780756911867
Branch Call Number: j ERDRICH 2002
Subject Headings: Ojibwa Indians Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Ojibwa Indians
LCCN: 98046366
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Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. For as long as Omakayas can remember, she and her family have lived on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted W... Read More »


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Feb 12, 2012
  • Mum_of_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the best book I've read this year! The story is engaging and informative. Excellent read!

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Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwa girl, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. Sequel: The Game of Silence.

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