Raise High the "Ajijaa"
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- 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.
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.
are for Native and
year olds and up, and for people of all ages.
The 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