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Jim Northrup, right, received a doctorate in letters from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College President Larry Anderson in May 2012. He walked on, felled by kidney cancer, on August 1, 2016.

Anthologies, Films, Plays and Poetry: 7 Genres of Works by and About Jim Northrup

Alex Jacobs

Jim Northrup, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa author, playwright, poet and upholder of Ojibwe traditions and language, walked on due to complications from kidney cancer on August 1. The prodigious and award-winning writer penned several books and a syndicated column, among many other works, and a documentary was made about his life.

Here is a list of works by and about Northrup, who passed into the spirit world at age 73.

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End of the Beginning: Jim Northrup, 1943–2016, Reads His Poem on the Circle of Life

Catching up With Writer Jim Northrup


Jim Northrup: With Reservations (Mike Hazard and Mike Rivard, 1997), documentary (crew filmed Northrup for five years); screen the entire movie

Older Than America (Tribal Alliance, 2008), actor/part

Syndicated Column

Fond du Lac Follies


Walking the Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1993)

Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers and Birch Bark Baskets (Kodansha America, 1997; University of Minnesota Press, 1999)

Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View From The Rez, (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011)

Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer (Fulcrum Publishing, 2012)

Walking The Rez Road (Voyageur Press, 1995; Fulcrum Publishing, 20-year special edition reissue, 2013)


Three more: poems, illustrated by Eva Two Crow (Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Loft, 1992)

Days of Obsidian, Days of Grace, with Adrian Louis, Al Hunter and Denise Sweet (Poetry Harbor Press, 1994)


Dirty Copper (Fulcrum Publishing, 2014)


Nitaawichige: Selected Poetry and Prose by Four Anishinaabe Writers, with Jim Northrup, Marcie Rendon and Linda Legarde Grover (Poetry Harbor, 2002)

Stories Migrating Home: Anishnaabe Prose, Kimberly Blaese, Editor (Loonfeather Press, 1999)

Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival, Joseph Bruchac, Editor (University of Arizona Press, 1994)

Touchwood: A Collection of Ojibway Prose, Gerald Vizenor, Editor (New Rivers Press, 1987)

North Writers: A Strong Woods Collection, John Henricksson, Editor (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

Stiller's Pond, New Fiction From The Upper Midwest, Jonis Agee, Roger Blakely and Susan Welch, Editors (New Rivers Press, 1996)

Do You Know Me Now?: An Anthology of Minnesota Multicultural Writings, Elisabeth Rosenberg, Editor (Normandale Community College, 1993)


Rez Road 2000

Rez Road Follies

Shinob Jeb

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