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Children's Nonfiction Body, Mind & Spirit


Kinship terms to make relationships with each other

by (author) Nakota Sioux Language Keepers

illustrated by Destry Love Roan

Eschia Books
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
Body, Mind & Spirit, Folklore & Mythology, Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price
    $7.95 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3


Our Aboriginal Elders tell of a time when animals and humans could speak to each other. When humans became too greedy and killed more animals than they needed for food, the Creator changed that relationship to protect the animals. So the Creator made a Spirit Animal to represent each one and granted them gifts they could give to people. Spirit Animals teach, heal and inspire. Turtle carries North America on its back and symbolizes peace and balance. Bear is called “Grandfather” for its strength, leadership, confidence and courage. Coyote gifted us with fire and knowledge of herbs and food. Wolf taught us to hunt and form communities. This book is a guide, and the meanings of the Spirit Animals featured here are only one interpretation. If you see these Spirit Animals or Totems reflected in your own life, you have received their gift.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Award-winning author Wayne Arthurson is an Aboriginal freelance writer from Edmonton, Alberta. He has written professionally for over 20 years and has worked full time as a journalist, editor, communications officer and an advertising copywriter. He has more than 100 articles, five history books and three novels already published, including the Fall From Grace, winner of the Alberta Readers’ Choice award. Wayne is a member of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Arts Council. He is also the author of In the Shadow of Our Ancestors for Eschia Books.