I recall being a younger teen, hearing my grandma speaking in ojibwe during early mornings. Little did I know that she was in the process of publishing her very own book! She includes emotional stories about how hard it was in her time, but also includes funny stories such as joking about her “many boyfriends”. My grandmother was a great woman, as she had a great mix of integrity and sense of humor. She was born in 1919, so she experienced quite a bit in her life. Last winter, though, she had passed away which was pretty unfortunate for our family. I chose this object because the native culture is an important part of my life and i’ve been around a predominantly Native environment for most of my life. This book makes me feel proud to be Native and proud of my grandma, being a Native American woman and publishing a book, as hard as that can be. It motivates me to go after all the things i’d like in life, just like she did.

Place(s): Leech Lake
Year: 1919

– Nicholas Lufkins Jr.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more