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Ojibwe storyteller shares her stories with WDC sixth grade students

Photo provided Anne Dunn shares tales of Ojibwe lore with local students.

Ojibwe storyteller and author Anne Dunn kicked off her Legacy storytelling tour of Kitchigami Libraries with an appearance at Wadena Public Library on Friday.

Wadena-Deer Creek sixth grade students listened to Dunn spin stories about native American legends. Each of her stories touched on issues of social justice, living in harmony with nature and personal growth.

WDC sixth grade students will begin studying Minnesota history in January, which incorporates native American history, said Keith Ferris, WDC sixth grade teacher.

Dunn grew up in northern Minnesota. As a young girl, she listened to oral legends and animal fables of the Ojibwe, especially from her mother and grandmother. Like many Native American children, Dunn experienced life on reservation land and lived for a time as a child in Minneapolis. She grew up to become a licensed practical nurse, a mother of six, a newspaper reporter and a professional storyteller.

Dunn is the author of "When Beaver Was Great," "Grandmother's Gift" and "Winter Thunder: Retold Tales." She currently lives in Deer River.