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Social Science Indigenous Studies

Trickster Tales and the Stories of Chief Thunderchild

by (author) Canon Edward Ahenakew

edited by Heather Hodgson

foreword by Maria Campbell

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2024
Indigenous Studies, Native American & Aboriginal, Native American
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The second volume in the series collects the stories recited by Chief Thunderchild and places them next to Edward Ahenakew’s Cree trickster tales.

When buffalo were many on the western plains, when Cree and Blackfoot warred in unrelenting enmity, when the Sun Dance and the shaking tent were still a way of life—these were the days of Chief Thunderchild, who roamed the Saskatchewan plains and whose stories celebrate a fierce and vanished freedom.

The second volume in the Collected Works of Edward Ahenakew series collects the stories recited by Chief Thunderchild (1849–1927) and presents them exactly as they were told to Canon Edward Ahenakew in 1923.

This book includes the chronicles of the trickster wīsahkēcāhk’s adventures and teachings amongst the wilderness, presenting Edward Ahenekew’s versions of these traditional tales.

Marking 100 years since Ahenakew’s historic meetings with Chief Thunderchild, this collection of stories reverberates with the wide expanse of sky, the song of the wind, and the sound of water.

About the authors

Dr. Canon Edward Ahenakew (1885–1961) was a Cree Anglican minister, writer, storyteller, and preserver of the Cree language. Born on the Sandy Lake Indian Reserve (now the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation) to Baptiste Ahenakew and Ellen Ermineskin, his contribution to Cree literature is foundational and widely respected.

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While growing up, Heather Hodgson (of Cree ancestry on her mother’s side) was told many stories about her great uncle Edward Ahenakew from her late mother and extended Ahenakew and Pratt families. She is the editor of Seventh Generation: Contemporary Native Writing, The Great Gift of Tears, and Saskatchewan Writers: Lives Past and Present. She currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Maria Campbell is a Métis writer, playwright, filmmaker, scholar, teacher, community organizer, activist, and elder. Halfbreed is regarded as a foundational work of Indigenous literature in Canada. She has authored several other books and plays, and has directed and written scripts for a number of films. She has also worked with Indigenous youth in community theatre and advocated for the hiring and recognition of Indigenous people in the arts. She has mentored many Indigenous artists during her career, established shelters for Indigenous women and children, and run a writers’ camp at the national historical site at Batoche, where every summer she produces commemorative events on the anniversary of the battle of the 1885 North-West Resistance. Maria Campbell is an officer of the Order of Canada and holds five honorary doctorates.

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