Written by Kelsey Borgford who is Nbisiing Nishnaabe, from the Marten clan and Couchie family. She resides in her traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation. Kelsey is constantly seeking to become educated, and educate, about the culture. In all she does, her own Nokomis-baa is central to her story. Illustrated by Tessa Pizzale who grew up in North Bay, Ontario. Her Cree relatives are from Moose Factory, Fort Albany, and Peawanuck. Tessa loves Indigenous crafts and is grateful to her late Kookum for teaching her beading and her Nikawiy for teaching her to sew.
Tessa loves how her grandmother always smells of campfire stories. Mom says it’s because Kohkom spends her days sewing beautiful beads onto smoked hides. Inspired, Tessa asks Kohkom to teach her beading, but first she must listen and learn about the many stories held in a bead. Full colour throughout.