NNLM Region 6 is pleased to share the success of the Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) project, led by Dr. Anna Wirta Kosobuski, at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. This project was funded through the previous NNLM GMR, and focused on 2 goals:
These goals were accomplished through the creation of four culturally-responsive, age-appropriate activity books. The books incorporate content from MedlinePlus, as well as other National Library of Medicine resources. Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi books are crafted with Native American children in mind but also designed to be widely appreciated and raise cultural awareness across many audiences. By respectfully incorporating Ojibwe (a large tribe in the northern U.S.) culture and language, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi heightens awareness of food-associated factors that contribute to physical and emotional health.
The impact of Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) is far-reaching. While the books are enjoyed by all readers, content centers on the learning needs of Native American children. The books help fill a critical gap in learning resources, as there are few materials on the majority of subjects that are culturally meaningful for Native American people.
The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth is pleased to offer copies of the activity books for free! The books can be requested by visiting the Kina (Together) project website. Any size orders are welcomed- small to bulk! There is no charge, this includes shipping to anywhere in the US! Digital copies of each activity book can also be downloaded below.