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It all started with a dream . . .
The inspiring A Dance Through the Seasons is told through story and cultural teachings by award-winning Dakelh educator Leona Prince, with dream-like illustrations from acclaimed Cree and Métis artist Carla Joseph and is now available to purchase.
Readers of all ages will admire Young Woman as she endures and learns from each of the four seasons using many traditional means. Like Young Woman, we all have something to learn – from nature, the seasons, and our Elders, when we recognize and trust in our guides.
While the adults struggle with an important decision about the future of their community, Young Woman is gifted the solution in a dream. However, the adults don’t recognise the wisdom in Young Woman. Discouraged, she begins a year-long journey towards self-discovery and resilience. With Turtle as her guide, they move through the seasons using traditional practices of the Dakelh (Carrier) people. A year later, Young Woman returns with more knowledge than ever, but will the adults allow her to determine their future?
- Format: Softcover and EPUB
- Size 8.5 x 11
- Pages: 56
- Grade Level: 3-7
Colour, trace, circle, seek, and search!
Presenting a brand new collection of Indigenous art and activities for 2022. This 20 page book, featuring artwork by Migwan, will provide hours of creative fun for people aged 6-12. See inside front cover for further copying permissions extended to educators.
About the Artist
Migwan is Don Bonner, son of Douglas and Carol Bonner. He is a member of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, part of the Bear Clan of the Algonquin Nation. He uses multiple methods of creating contemporary art that draws inspiration from traditional styles.
Don is grateful to the People of Snuneymuxw, on whose traditional lands he currently lives. He is grateful for the honour of working with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the pursuit of developing his art. Don finds inspiration from his mentors, and the natural surroundings of the west coast. His art is especially inspired from participating in Tribal Journeys since 2017.
Why it’s making waves:
Be a Good Ancestor forms great, big ideas out of small, understandable concepts in such a way that every page is an epiphany.
Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.
Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you. Thought-provoking stanzas offer a call to action for each one of us to consider how we affect future generations. Every decision we make ripples out, and we can affect the world around us by thinking deeply about those decisions.
About the Authors and Illustrator:
Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by WaveMaker Press. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.
Gabrielle Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. Gabrielle is presently a full-time student at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree, majoring in psychology. She is the co-owner of Fireweed Canada Education Inc.
Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health, and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many diverse types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.