- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.; 1 edition (July 23 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894974328
- ISBN-13: 978-1894974325
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.2 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children Paperback – Jun 1 2008
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Grade 1–5—Kayâs uses his ability to understand the languages of the animals he hunts so that he can provide food, shelter, and clothing for his village. As word of his hunting prowess spreads, he comes to enjoy the attention so much that he stays home to hear the others sing his praises. By the time he is confronted with empty baskets and drying racks, he discovers that his gift has vanished. Ashamed and disheartened, he seeks the advice of the Elders. Because Mwâkwa, The Loon, owes them a debt for freeing him from their nets, the Elders advise the young man to ask for his help. The Loon intervenes with the Fish, who agree to give themselves to The People in exchange for a celebration to honor all Beings that Kayâs might hunt. Auger, a Sakaw Cree, incorporates Cree words and phrases into the text and provides definitions and pronunciations. His paintings introduce viewers to life in a traditional village and evoke the vistas of surrounding lakes and hills. The lesson of this story is one of repaying debts and using gifts wisely for the benefit of all. While it may not capture the interest of many independent readers, it could serve as a starting point for a discussion of such values or as an introduction to Cree traditions.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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About the Author
Dale Auger (1958–2008) was an accomplished artist, teacher, and storyteller from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta. His strong, intensely colourful paintings of Native spiritual life are held in notable private and public collections around the world.^Dale Auger (1958–2008) was an accomplished artist, teacher, and storyteller from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta. His strong, intensely colourful paintings of Native spiritual life are held in notable private and public collections around the world.
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In addition to learning about the consequences of being overly prideful, Mwakwa learns about the interconnectedness of all creatures. The reader learns this as well, and becomes familiar with the Cree language, as Dr. Auger includes many Cree words in the dialogue of the book. A glossary is provided to give the reader both the meaning, and the phonetic pronunciation of these words.
I have purchased several copies of this book now, as it makes a terrific gift for people of all ages.