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Children's Fiction Native American

Orca's Song

by (author) Anne Cameron

illustrated by Nelle Olsen

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1987
Native American, Native American, Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1987
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: 6


Orca's Song is the tale of the love between Orca and Eagle-Flies-High, and explains the origin of the killer whale's song and exuberant dance.

About the authors

Anne Cameron was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends - for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. She lives in Tahsis, BC

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Orca’s Song

First published in 1987, this is a beautiful story of how Orca and Osprey fell in love. They loved each other so much that they tried to become part of each other’s worlds, with Orca trying to leap into the sky and Osprey spending more and more time on the surface of the water. “One day as Osprey swooped towards the waves, Orca leaped into the air, and for one moment their bodies touched, and their love was shown.” Their baby was both black and white, combining the colours of her parents. She could leap high into the air, she could never fly, like her father, but she could sing. To this day, the song of the Orca is one of the most beautiful sounds of any animal, expressing the love of creatures from two different realities.

Cameron is an award-winning author. She also wrote How the Loon lost her Voice and How Raven freed the Moon. This story was given to her to share by a First Nations woman, Klopinum, from Vancouver Island.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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