Niwechihaw / I Help

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As they walk in the woods to gather rosehips, a young Cree child learns by watching and helping his Kokum.

 

 

Traditional Indian elders generally teach by showing, and children learn by helping. As they go for a walk in the woods to gather rosehips, a young Cree child learns by watching and helping his Kokum. As the child follows his grandmother—walking, praying, picking, listening, eating—he is learning about his place in the world, his relationships to his family and to the land, culture and community. There is no lecturing or moralizing here, just quietness, appreciation of what is, and a good time. In Cree and English, the spare text is complemented by vibrantly colored acrylic-on-canvas paintings.

 

 

Author: Caitlin Dale Nicholson and Leona Morin-Neilson (Cree), with Cree translation by Leona Morin-Neilson (Cree)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Caitlin Dale Nicholson

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2008

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cree