Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er), Minnesota Ojibwe author and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, visits the Brainerd Public Library on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm. He’ll present on his most recently released book “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.” More than one hundred stereotype-debunking questions—thoughtful, awkward, and searching—answered with solid information, humor, and compassion. He’ll also present on his children’s book Awesiinyensag, published in 2011. This book presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures. Suitable for all ages, this book can be read aloud, assigned to classes, shared at language tables, gifted to elders, and enjoyed by those curious about the language and all who love Anishinaabemowin.
He is also author of The Assassination of Hole in the Day and Ojibwe in Minnesota, recently named “Minnesota’s Best Read for 2010” by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Dr. Treuer received prestigious awards and fellowships from many organizations, including the American Philosophical Society, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.