Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Birchbark Books and Native Arts, located in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis, is owned by author Louis Erdrich. Featuring Native American literature and arts, the store specializes in Ojibwe and Datoka language and culture, and also offers poetry, history, current events, biographies, memoirs, children’s books and more. Birchbark hosts special events, readings and a book club dinner that takes place in the attached Kenwood Cafe. KFAI producer Dixie Treichel visited Birchbark Books to learn about the store and Wiigwass Press–the nonprofit organization established by Louise and her sister, poet and editor Heid E. Erdrich, that is devoted to the publication of Ojibwe texts.