Is your surname Erdrich?

Research the Erdrich family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Karen Louise Erdrich

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Little Falls, Morrison County, MN, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private
Widow of Michael Dorris
Mother of Private; Private; Private; Reynald Abel Dorris; Private and 1 other
Sister of Private; Private; Private; Private; Heid Ellen Erdrich and 1 other

Occupation: Writer, bookstore owner
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:
view all 15

Immediate Family

    • husband
    • Private
      child
    • Private
      child
    • Private
      child
    • Private
      child
    • Private
      child
    • Private
      parent
    • Private
      parent
    • Private
      sibling
    • Private
      sibling
    • Private
      sibling

About Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, (born Karen Louise Erdrich, June 7, 1954)is an American author, writer of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized tribe of the Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe and Chippewa).

Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance. In 2009, her novel The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and received an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. In November 2012, she received the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Round House. She was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at the National Book Festival in September 2015. She is a 2013 recipient of the Alex Awards.

She is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis that focuses on Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities.

Family

  • Louise is the oldest of seven children born to Ralph Erdrich, a German-American, and Rita (née Gourneau), a Chippewa woman of half Ojibwe and half French Heritage. Both parents taught at a boarding school in Wahpeton, North Dakota, set up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Erdrich's maternal grandfather, Patrick Gourneau, served as tribal chairman for the federally recognized tribe of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians for many years. Though not raised in a reservation, she often visited relatives there.
  • She was married to author Michael Dorris and the two collaborated on a number of works. The couple separated in 1995; he died in 1997.
  • They had three biological children together: (Persia, Pallas and Madeline Dorris)
  • She adopted Michael’s adopted children: (Reynold Abel, Sava and Aza Marion)
  • In 2001, at age 47, Erdrich gave birth to a daughter, Azure, fathered by a Native American man Erdrich declines to identify publicly.

References

view all

Louise Erdrich's Timeline

1954
June 7, 1954
Little Falls, Morrison County, MN, United States
1968
January 22, 1968