BOOKS FOR SALE
Ajijaak is a bi-lingual (Ojibwe & English) children's story about caring for the land and water. Story and design are by Cecelia Rose LaPointe. Illustrations are done by Dolly Peltier. The translation is done by Margaret Noodin in the Western standard spelling of Anishinaabemowin.
Waub Ajijaak Press, LLC - is a small press that focuses on Great Lakes Anishinaabe stories, children's stories, and poetry. We are committed to cultural revitalization, preservation, and giving voice to our people. This press was founded in 2015 by Cecelia Rose LaPointe and the ancestors!
THE STORY BEHIND WAUB AJIJAAK PRESS
In honor of hereditary Ogema Waub Ajijaak (Chief White Crane) this press was started to honor ancestors, culture, decolonization, healing, heritage, matriarchy, recovery, sobriety/wellbriety, and traditions. My family's ancestry comes from a line of hereditary Chiefs from Mooniingwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island, Wisconsin). The Anishinaabe culture believes that our ancestors are always with us. In Fall 2014 I had a dream of a white crane. Through research I discovered Ogema Waub Ajijaak is my ancestor. In regards to traditional clan relations this press honors the past, present, and the future that we can create through sharing our gifts of storytelling.
AJIJAAK DODEM (CRANE CLAN)
The traditional role within the community was a "leader" or "Chief," not even as defined as what we know in our Anishinaabe communities today. Leadership was not hierarchical but it was leadership within the circle. Crane in Ojibway translates to "echo maker" which is a reference to the strong and resonate voice of the crane. Also crane clan members are speakers for their tribal community and worked to negotiate with other tribes and bands.
FIND AJIJAAK IN A REAL BOOKSTORE!
Birchbark Books, Minneapolis, MN - Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. Our books are lovingly chosen. Our store is tended with care.
Indian Hills Gallery, Petoskey, MI - Indian Hills Gallery is a Native American owned business featuring American Indian artwork from all over North America with an emphasis on Michigan Anishinaabe tribes.
Museum of Ojibwa Culture, St. Ignace, MI - City museum, open seasonally, dedicated to local Anishinaabe culture, with a longhouse, Anishinaabe sculpture park, and a gift shop.
Niizh Makwa Traders, Bear Lake, MI - Specializing in authentic Native American arts, jewelry, primitives, Lakota star quilts, handmade soaps & lotions, wild rice, sage, sweetgrass, hand drums, Michigan arts, Munising Woodenware, unique cultural and vintage gifts.
Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI - A non-profit book center, gallery, and performance space located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest neighborhood. A cornerstone of our community, Woodland Pattern provides people a space to gather, study, perform, exchange ideas, and build relationships across racial, generational, and other perceived barriers.
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways, Mt. Pleasant, MI - The Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created to provide an enriched, diversified and culturally relevant educational experience. This promotes the Ziibiwing Cultural Society’s belief that the culture, diversity and spirit of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (SCIT) and other Great Lakes Anishinabek must be recognized, perpetuated, communicated and supported.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We are accepting submissions for our Recovery & Sobriety Zine that will be made available at our 2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Please read over the flyer for more details.
1. Waub Ajijaak Press is working on another bi-lingual children’s story in Ojibwe and English. This book will be available for purchase in March. Get ready for another beauty!
2. We will also be creating our own website separate from this one. We will announce this transition and we are excited for this growth!
3. We had a great first year in 2018 and as a result our work is growing. We appreciate the support from our Anishinaabe community members, Native owned bookstores, cultural centers, and many others who support and care deeply about the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin/Ojibwemowin.