A children’s book that brings to life the Seven Teachings of Grandfather – Bemidji Pioneer

Pink Lake – Grandfather’s Seven Teachings of Love, Respect, Braveness, Honesty, Knowledge, Humility and Reality are deeply rooted in Anishinaabe tradition.

A newly revealed youngsters’s ebook by Pink Lake creator Elizabeth Barrett and illustrator Jonathan Thunder brings these teachings to the colourful lives of younger and previous.

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The ebook was illustrated by Pink Lake band member Jonathan Thunder, an artist primarily based in Duluth.

Contributed / Press of the Minnesota Historic Society

“The Skeptic’s Method,” revealed by Historic Minnesota Publishing, was the brainchild of Thomas Barrett, CEO of the Pink Lake Boys and Ladies Membership. He reached out to his niece Elizabeth and artist Thunder with this concept. The end result was a enjoyable 30-page ebook, the proceeds of which can profit the Boys and Ladies Membership for years to return.

“I am actually happy with the ebook,” Thomas mentioned. “It is a actually nice technique to present the world part of Ojibwe tradition. Being from Pink Lake, I really feel further proud to have introduced collectively two members of Pink Lake to create the ebook. I am actually massive on the Seven Teachings, incorporating that into any type of educating, programming or displays.” “.

Within the story, three younger cousins ​​discover the forest in the hunt for medicines that heal and purify, whereas gathering recommendation from clever beings that present life classes cherished by generations.

“I am operating out of drugs,” their grandmother Mindy says. So the cousins ​​- Lily, Ojima and Ellie – are prepared to assist. Collectively they may journey to Mashkiki Street, the street on which medicines develop, in the hunt for sage and rice for grandmother.

On their journey, they obtain teachings from the eagle (love), the buffalo (respect), the bear (braveness), the sabi or sasquatch (honesty), the beaver (knowledge), the wolf (humility), and the tortoise (fact).

All scenes are fantastically illustrated by Thunder, who was born in Pink Lake, grew up within the Twin Cities and now lives in Duluth.

“I’ve executed some analysis as a result of I have been engaged on a pair of murals in recent times the place the theme has been the Seven Teachings,” Thunder mentioned. “I have been in a position to deal with ideas and create visible content material from that. I attempt to reside in line with these common teachings, even earlier than this mission. It is smart for most individuals. The world may use extra of that.”

It’s the first ebook by Elizabeth Barrett, a 2021 Dartmouth School graduate majoring in English and Girls’s and Gender Research with a deal with artistic writing.

Whereas she hopes to put in writing extra books, she was not too long ago employed as a curriculum author for the prevention program at Pink Lake Chemical Well being.

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Author Elizabeth Barrett reads a portion of “Mashkeki’s Method” on the current ebook signing.


Elizabeth, 22, has loved current book-signing occasions and is proud to be a part of the Sketchy Street mission.

“It is actually cool,” she mentioned. “It was very thrilling to see the ebook within the fingers of younger individuals, simply to know that they prefer it and make slightly use of it.”

Readers will get a glimpse into the scenes of Pink Lake after they flip by means of the ebook. That was meant for Thunder, 45, who attended the Institute of American Indian Artwork in New Mexico and the Institutes of Worldwide Artwork in Minnesota.

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Artist Jonathan Thunder integrated some scenes of the Pink Lake District when he painted “Mishkeki Street.”


“Once I began creating the work (on the ‘Mishkeki Street’), I needed to include a few of the landscapes you may see round Pink Lake, just like the Pink Lake water tower, and draw inspiration from areas throughout the city of Pink Lake,” Thunder mentioned. “So when individuals have a look at it, if they’re aware of the world, it will likely be fascinating for them to search out the little Easter eggs.”

“Mashkiki Street” is obtainable on Amazon or by means of the Minnesota Historic Society Press at store.mnhs.org.