Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon

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This is the story of Wisahkecahk, the central character in Cree literature, and his first trip to the moon! He first sets out walking toward the highest mountain to follow his dream of sailing across the sky on the moon.

Available in paperback only.  Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon, by Freda Ahenakew, with illustrations by Sherry Farrell Racette.  2009, 31 pages.

This is the story of Wisahkecahk, the central character in Cree literature, and his first trip to the moon! He first sets out walking toward the highest mountain to follow his dream of sailing across the sky on the moon. He walked, and he walked, but the moon was still too far away.

Wisahkecahk gets lucky the next evening when a crane agrees to carry him to the moon. It was an exhausting flight for Wisahkecahk, who had to hold on tight, and for the crane. At last they reach the moon, but the journey has altered the crane forever.

The adventure continues, and Wisahkecahk grows worried when the moon begins to wane. Will he ever return home to earth?

Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon is a beautifully illustrated children’s book told simultaneously in Cree and English.

It was written by Freda Ahenakew, CM, a Plains Cree speaker and grandmother who earned her MA in Cree linguistics at the University of Manitoba. An acclaimed research scholar and pioneer in Cree literacy and language teaching, she has laid the foundation for preserving the oral traditions of her people. She has transcribed and translated many Cree works, from textbooks and technical dictionaries to mythology and children’s stories. In recognition of her significant contributions to Cree language and culture, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Artist and educator Sherry Farrell Racette was born in Manitoba and has lived in Saskatchewan for many years. She is a member of Timiskaming First Nation and is enrolled currently in the interdisciplinary doctoral program at the University of Manitoba. Her illustrations for Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon were done in gouache on watercolor paper.

Publisher: Pemmican Publications, Inc.
Languages: English, Cree
Culture Group: Cree