The Porcupine Year

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It is 1852. In this “porcupine year,” as it will come to be known, the ever-encroaching chimookomanag, the white people, have forced the large extended family to embark on a perilous journey away from their beloved home.

Available in hardcover only.  Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe),  The Porcupine Year. 2008, b/w illustrations by the author.

It is 1852, and Omakayas is 12 winters old. Her little brother, Pinch (soon to be called “Quill”), has determined that the baby porcupine he’s convinced Omakayas not to kill for soup, has been given to him as his “medicine animal.” In this “porcupine year,” as it will come to be known, the ever-encroaching chimookomanag, the white people, have forced the large extended family to embark on a perilous journey away from their beloved home. As they travel north, there are the enemy Bwaanag (Dakota) to avoid, raging fires to escape, lost chimookomanag children to take care of, treachery that leaves them near starvation, and the heroic death of a dear friend. Omakayas is growing into a strong young woman with a clear mind and a heart open to all that awaits her. She knows that nothing will ever take the place of her original home, but she will learn to love the new place her family now inhabits. The Porcupine Year will resonate with young readers long after the last page has been turned.