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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Siha Tooskin Knows the Gifts of His People

by (author) Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead

illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch

Publisher
Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
Category
Native Canadian, Inventions, Boys & Men
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553798347
    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price
    $11.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553798354
    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price
    $9.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 5

Description

Transportation, housing, agriculture, communications…there are so many modern conveniences. But are they really modern? Where did they really come from?
Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—will learn about their origins and more on his walk home from school with Ade (his father). There’s so much to learn about the earliest forms of technology, travel, medicine, and food from right here on Turtle Island. Come along with Paul and Ade to hear all about the gifts of his people.
The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy.

About the authors

Charlene Bearhead (she/her/hers) is an educator and Indigenous education advocate living in Treaty 6 Territory in central Alberta. She was the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Charlene was recently honoured with the Alumni Honours Award from the University of Alberta and currently serves as the Director of Reconciliation for Canadian Geographic. She is a mother and a grandmother who began writing stories to teach her own children as she raised them. Adaptations of these stories have now been published as the Siha Tooskin Knows series, which she co-wrote with her husband, Wilson.

Charlene Bearhead's profile page

Wilson Bearhead (he/him/his), a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in Treaty 6 territory (central Alberta), is the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award. Currently, he is the Elder for Victoria School for the Arts in Edmonton and a board member for the Roots of Resilience Education Foundation. Wilson’s grandmother Annie was a powerful, positive influence in his young life, teaching him all of the lessons that gave him the strength, knowledge, and skills to overcome difficult times and embrace the gifts of life.
 

Wilson Bearhead's profile page

Chloe Bluebird Mustooch is from the Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta, and is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She is a seamstress, beadworker, illustrator, painter, and sculptor. She was raised on the reservation, and was immersed in hunting, gathering, and traditional rituals, and has also lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an area rich in art and urbanity.

Chloe Bluebird Mustooch's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Among The Globe and Mail's twelve children’s books that will inspire and enlighten

The Globe and Mail

Reconciliation is a big word, and it is a big job. Authors Wilson and Charlene Bearhead show us that even storybook characters can help when they are brought alive in authentic cultural settings. Meet Paul Wahasaypa, also known as Siha Tooskin or Little Foot, as he dances his way through these colourful pages, sharing some of the things he loves most with his new, non-Indigenous friend Jeff…his culture, his powwow dances, and even his beloved Uncle Lenard with all his teachings and teasing! More than an adventure between new friends, this is a colourful, youth-friendly, cultural exchange based on kindness, respect, and willingness to share and to learn.

Marie Wilson, Commissioner, TRC of Canada, 2009-2015

5 out of 5 stars

While the reading level of Siha Tooskin Knows the Gifts of His People is designed for elementary students, the content is perfect for K-8. It talks about the struggle Siha Tooskin faces in appreciating and understanding his culture...with the inclusion of a few words in the Nakota language. Overall I think this is a worthwhile book for any classroom or home library.

NetGalley

This is much-needed representation in children's books and it does a great job of dispelling myths about Native American culture and teaching some history...I plan to check out other books in the series with my kids.

NetGalley

There are many reasons to love this series. Highly Recommended.

Bit About Books

This is an easy book to make children think about their surroundings [and] it would be excellent for kindergarten teachers to plan their teachings.

NetGalley

#SihaTooskinKnows…, with its words and illustrations, is a love letter to our family, culture, resilience, and pride.

Tanya Talaga, journalist and author

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