Booksweet and the City of Ann Arbor occupy the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Three Fires People or Anishinaabeg (including Odawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi) and Wyandot peoples. Learning about our community histories can empower us in our work to create a future that supports human flourishing and justice for all.
Local Knowledge We Love
- Waub Ajijaak Press, a Michigan-based, Native American owned, and Two-Spirit led small press that focuses on Great Lakes Anishinaabe stories, children’s stories, and poetry. Shop Booksweet for the children’s book Bizhiw Miinawaa Miinan, a bi-lingual (Ojibwe & English) children’s story about the love for Anishinaabe culture, the land, and traditional foods.
- Thirteen Moons Kitchen, a Michigan-based, Anishinaabe-led radical kitchen.
- Native Land Digital Map
- Hinsdale’s Map “Washtenaw County Old Indian Trails” + County Historical Markers
- The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary. Fun fact: Washtenaw is a variant of the Ojibwe word: “Wash-ten-ong,” meaning “far away waters.”
- 12 Native American Trails in Michigan, featuring many of the roads Michiganders travel everyday, including Pontiac Trail on the north side of Ann Arbor. Fun Fact: In the 1800s, surveyors used the well established routes of our Indigenous communities to create the roads that connect us all to work, fun, and family today — and enable Booksweet to serve our community. Our gratitude for Indigenous communities is daily for this act of stewardship and expertise.