Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw (Revised)

SKU: 9781553799092

William Dumas
Leonard Paul
The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Series
Grade Levels:
Four, Five, Six, Seven
Book Type:
Portage & Main / Highwater
The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Series
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William Dumas, a Rocky Cree Storyteller, was born in South Indian Lake, Manitoba. For 25 years, he has been an educator and administrator; his passion for Cree language and culture are well aligned with his current position as Cree Language and Culture Coordinator for the Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) Education Authority. As the author of The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak series, William knows first-hand the power storytelling has to teach Indigenous youth about where they come from and where they are going.

The art of Leonard Paul, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been shown around the world, and is found in many prominent galleries and collections.

NOW REVISED! This edition features updated Rocky Cree translations and an expanded glossary, augmented with new maps to give a more detailed look at Pisim’s journey. These enhancements make this book a great tool for teachers and a great addition to any library.

Out of an important archaeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanaw – the path for her life – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mi’kmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more.

Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for Pisim Finds her Miskanaw. A printable eBook of the guide is available for downloading.

Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw is book one in The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak series about the Asiniskow Ithiniwak (Rocky Cree) of Northern Manitoba. Corresponding to the six seasons of sikwan (spring), nipin (summer), takwakin (fall), mikiskow (freeze-up), pipon (winter), and mithoskamin (break-up), the books explore the language, culture, knowledge, territory, and history of the 17th century Rocky Cree people through story and images. The groundbreaking series centres Indigenous ways of knowing and includes insights from a wide range of disciplines – cross-cultural education, history, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, oral culture and storytelling, experiential and community-based learning, and art.

To find more information about The Six Seasons project and the Picture Book App: Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw visit www.sixseasonsproject.ca.

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