Treuer touring Kitchigami Library system

The award-winning author will discuss his book, "The Cultural Toolbox,” on March 10 in Park Rapids

Dr. Anton Treuer
Contributed / Kitchigami Regional Library System
Contributed / Kitchigami Regional Library System

Dr. Anton Treuer, an award-winning author and professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is coming to Park Rapids Thursday, March 10 for an in-person discussion of his latest book, “The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World.”

Hosted by the Park Rapids Library, the event begins at 6 p.m. at the Armory Arts and Events Center.

In his book, Treuer tells stories of one Ojibwe family’s hunting, gathering, harvesting and cultural ways and beliefs, without violating protected secrets.

Following the four seasons of the years and the four seasons of life, this intimate view of the Ojibwe world reflects a relatable, modern, richly experienced connection to the rest of the planet. It also opens up a new way of understanding these living traditions, which carry thousands of years of cultural knowledge still in the making.

Contributed / Kitchigami Regional Library System

Meantime, Treuer will also discuss his book “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at the Walker Public Library; at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Bemidji Public Library; and Wednesday, March 9 at the Brainerd Public Library.


In responses to more than 120 questions, from thoughtful to outrageous and from modern to historical, Treuer gives a frank, funny and sometimes personal tour of “what’s up with Indians, anyway.” His book cuts through the emotion of often strained white/Indian relations and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.

These free programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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