As Long as the Rivers Flow

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The story of the last summer, in 1944, before young Lawrence Loyie was taken from his parents to an Indian residential school in northern Alberta.

 

In 1944, young Lawrence Loyie was taken against his parents’ wishes to an Indian residential school in northern Alberta. As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Lawrence’s last summer before entering this alien world from which he would emerge a different person. This brief and important time in his life held memories that would have to last him for years. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and travels with his extended family to their summer camp in the bush, where they pick and dry sacks of saskatoon berries, smoke meat for the winter, gather wild mint and medicine plants, fish; and “for the last time, Lawrence and his cousins swam in the cool, clear river.” Too soon, the day the children had been dreading finally arrives. With their worried parents, helpless, looking on, they are lifted onto the truck. Here they sit, huddled together, scared to death, not knowing what’s going to happen to them. This was the real lived experience for countless Indian kids.

 

Author: Larry Loyie (Cree) with Constance Brissenden

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Heather D. Holmlund

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2002

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cree