This winter the Wisconsin Historical Society Press (WHSP) published its first children’s coloring book series, Ojibwe Traditions. The four books in the series contain pictures to color, stories, and vocabulary, and they include activities such as word scrambles and mazes to help kids learn more about Wisconsin’s American Indian culture and traditions. Each book focuses on a different aspect of Ojibwe life and traditions.
The Northland College Indigenous Cultures Center team in Ashland, Wis., developed the content and produced the drawings for the series in order to engage and teach the traditions of the Ojibwe people. The idea for the series was sparked by a comment from a college trustee who recognized the resurgence of interest in detailed coloring books for kids/adults, and the way they can be used for outreach education.
As a recent graduate of Northland College and a member of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, writer and illustrator Cassie Brown produced these informative books for the Cultures Center project.
The books will be featured in March at Northland College as part of the Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month. Author events are being planned for 2019 in the Bayfield Peninsula, in Madison, Wis., and more. To buy a copy, visit wisconsinhistory.org/whspress.