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Children's Nonfiction Native American

I Am Métis

by (author) Karen Hourie Ellefson

illustrated by Leah Dorion

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Native American
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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Who are you?”, whispers the voice in the wind. You are Métis.” What does this strange word mean? A young girl watches her father to understand the unfamiliar label. Through a series of vignettes centred around her dad, the child interacts with her riverlot surroundings and delights in her Métis way of life. Discover the joy and vibrancy of the Métis culture from a child’s perspective. Feel the author’s pride in her Métis identity, and her love for her father, as she relives childhood memories.

Noted Métis artist, Leah Marie Dorion has created vivid paintings that capture the essence of the author and illustrator's shared Métis heritage. The colourful images leap off the pages to captivate the reader.

About the authors

Karen Hourie Ellefson grew up near High Bluff on “The Farm of the Century”, the oldest family owned farm in Manitoba. She is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, and a strong advocate for Indigenous ways of knowledge and learning. Karen lives near Calgary, Alberta.

Karen Hourie Ellefson's profile page

Leah Dorion (B.Ed., B.A., M.A.) is a Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge that connects all people. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine.

Leah Dorion's profile page

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