Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing

Liz Granholm heard many stories about Rabbit and Otter's ricing trip when she was growing up.

She took different lessons from each telling: the need to acknowledge the Great Spirit when taking something from the earth, put down tobacco as an offering to that spirit, and don't take more than you need.

Once she dived deeper into the Ojibwe language after early teaching from her father and grandmother, she started thinking that young people needed to know these lessons, too.

And then her daughter got in on the act.

Sam Zimmerman

Sam Zimmerman is taking a class to re-learn his language, Ojibwemowin.

He laughs his efforts are making his ancestors' ears bleed, but if Sam's ancestors have been keeping track of him, chances are they're pretty proud.

When Thomas Peacock's publisher came to him asking for a new book, they said there were plenty of books about Lake Superior, trees, rocks ...

"What's left?," thought Peacock. 

Then he looked up.

The Forever Sky is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.