Alex is attending her first Mi'kmaw spiritual gathering, or mawiomi. Though she is timid at first, older cousin Matthew takes her under his wing. Meeting Elders along the way, they learn about traditional Mi'kmaw culture: the sacred fire, drumming, tanning and moccasin decorating, basket- and canoe-making, and enjoy a Mi'kmaw feast. Most importantly, Alex finds her voice in the talking circle.
With contemporary illustrations by the bestselling illustrator Art Stevens, The Gathering is an inclusive story that will educate and entertain Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike.
"Teachers, librarians, and parents looking to purchase and use authentic indigenous children's literature will be rewarded by the book. A Mi'kmaw reader will be pleased to see her or his culture respectfully represented in a manner that embraces the past and present." —Canadian Review of Materials