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Volume 2  February 2012 

Raise High the "Ajijaa"
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Ajijaak childrens book, five year olds and up Michigan - A small publishing house has big ideas for revitalizing the Anishinaabemowin language. The company, Four Colors Productions, has already published 5 children's books that rely heavily on Ojibwe teachings and language.

Four Colors 6th project is entitled "Ajijaak," or "sandhill crane." Ajijaak will be written in poetry format with illustrated pictures. Ajijaak's author is Cecelia LaPointe, Ojibwe. The illustrator is Brita Brookes.

All books are for Native and non-Native children 5 year olds and up, and for people of all ages.

FOUR Colours ProductionsThe story centers around the personified Ajijaak.  Ajijaak "cares for the water and the land, doesn't want to see it polluted and not cared for," says Ms. LaPointe. While there are no humans in the story, "we talk about humans and the pollution they do."

The book will be environmentally friendly and encourage children to appreciate the land and its beauty.

Four Colors Productions works with many Natives artists and writers who have knowledge of Anishinaabemowin.

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