Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories


Author:
Buck, Wilfred
Grade Levels:
Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
Nation:
Cree
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
25
Publisher:
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

Price:
Sale price$14.95

Description

Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories was researched and published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2018.  Author and Cree Knowledge Keeper, Wilfred Buck from the Opaskwayay Cree Nation, works for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre as a science facilitator and educator. The eight traditional stories included in this 25-page book offer students and teachers oral accounts and perspectives about Cree stars and constellations. The stories include: Atima Atchakosuk: the dog stars; Niska: the goose; Makinak: the turtle; Sisikwun: the rattle; Achakos Ininewuk: the star people; Mista Muska: the great bear; Kiwitin: going home star; and Matootisan: the sweat lodge. The constellations assisted Cree traders in their journeys to other Indigenous Nations across the Americas. The Turtle story explains the lunar cycle and the people’s connection to water and earth. These Swampy Cree accounts of the importance of the stars demonstrate the sophistication of Cree astronomers and how they understood the environment and the science of the night sky. Ideal for elementary and secondary students in Environmental Studies, Science, and spiritual traditions. Highly recommended.

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