Written by Carla Voyageur, Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw; Nisga'a. Illustrated by Natassia Davies Salish; Coast Salish; T'Souke.
On the banks of the Gwa’yi River, a young Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w princess grows up to be a curious student, an influential leader, and a mother. She is a humble person and doesn’t speak of her royalty to her children, but when they learn she is a princess at a traditional celebration, they are in disbelief. She doesn’t wear fancy clothes or attend balls or do anything the children think princesses should do. Using a strategy they had read about in an old tale to put their mother’s royalty to the test, the children discover the truth. But more importantly, they also learn what it really means to be a princess.
Written as a tribute to the author’s grandmother, this beautifully illustrated story reimagines a fairy tale in a contemporary Indigenous setting.
Recommended for ages 4 to 8.