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Children's Nonfiction Customs, Traditions, Anthropology

Wâspison: The Moss Bag

by (author) Darlene Auger

Eschia Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2020
Customs, Traditions, Anthropology, New Baby, Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 1 to 7


When a baby is born, she is wrapped in a moss bag to keep her warm, secure and protected until she can move about on her own. This story tells of Fawn, whose mother brings home a new baby sister. She teaches Fawn all about the moss bag (wâspison). It is made from soft hide and decorated with beautiful beadwork.

About the author

Contributor Notes

A Cree woman originally from Wabasca, Darlene Auger lives in Edmonton, Alberta, (Amiskwâci Wâskahikan). She is a fluent Cree speaker and is passionate about passing on her language through song and story. Darlene is an educator, researcher, entrepreneur, holistic practitioner, actress and singer. Darlene has a psychology degree from the University of Alberta and a doctoral degree from the University Nuhelotine Thayotsi Nistameyimakanak Blue Quills in “Iyiniw Pimâtisiwin Kiskeyihtamowin” (Indigenous Life Knowledge). She has created a healing method modeled on an ancient Indigenous parenting tool for the healing benefit of all people, and she developed this language learning kit so that she could share her knowledge with the world. Darlene is an accomplished speaker and facilitator, having presented locally, nationally and internationally.

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