Learn a Little Ojibwe Culture with VR Janis

Q:  What is your name?

A: VR Janis

Q:  What country do you live in?

A:  United States

Q:  What is the title of your current book?

A:  Hidden Powers

Q:  What holidays do you celebrate during this time of the year?

A:  Family Get Togethers – We do Halloween and Christmas, but most of it is about family.

Q:  Which one is your favorite and why?

A:  I love Halloween because I get to see all the characters come to life.

Q:  What colors would you use to describe the holiday season?

A:  White because of all the snow (sometimes), red because of all the cold noses, black because of all the coals from the fires and yellow because of all the lights.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday movie & song?

A:  Favorite movie would have to be Home Alone and my favorite song is •Chitwaa Maanii (Ave Marie, by Beyonce Gisselle Knowles). It is translated in my language of Ojibwe. Beautiful in both forms.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday book?

A:  We like to read Nanaboozhoo and the Winter Giveaway, it is a story dealing with Ojibwe belief and the joy of giving.

Q:  What do you enjoy most/least about the holiday season?

A:  The thing that I enjoy the most is my kids and family. The least favorite thing is how crazy people can get when they are at stores.

Q:  If you were given a superpower, as a gift for one day, what would it be and what would you do?

A:  I would like an Earth power, plant growth, I would go to as many places as I could and help the plants go big and strong.

Q:  Do you call the jolly old fat man – Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, or something else? If something else, what do you call him?

A:  We call him Santa Claus.

Q:  If Santa was real and lived at the North Pole, would you want to visit and why?

A:  What do you mean if he is real? 😀 I think that I would want to visit and have a good talk to him about how the holiday seasons have changed over time.

Q:  If time and money were no problem, where would you go and what would you do during this holiday season?

A:  I would go see my family, who are spread across the country. I would also love to have a nice cozy fire and play board games with my family.

Q:  What message would you like to send to those reading this blog?

A:  Since the theme is holidays, I would like to share my hopes that people this holiday season take some time to realize that all those expensive things are not important. Family is the most important and precious pieces that fill our life and make our puzzles complete.

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About VR Janis: (Taken from VR Janis biography page at Amazon)

“VR Janis was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation most of her life. She is the daughter of an Ojibwe mother who had great influence in her life. She danced Pow-wow as a traditional dancer through most of her youth and continues the practice to date. She went on to get a degreee in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Conservation Biology in college.

“As a young woman, she had a passion for writing poetry and stories. She also had a passion for the earth. Her culture guided her life. She wanted to merge these three when she had children. The goal was to bring the meaning of the culture with the imagination of fantasy to life. She is a homeschool mother who immerses her children in their language and culture. She encourages the goals and dreams they want to accomplish.

“Her mother has handed down wisdom which she uses in her writing and life. You can take anything plain and turn it into something amazing.”

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