This story follows young children who are learning both gathering, but also their native tongue from Elders. The story is about children and Elders of the Thompson River Salish. The book purposefully teaches words from the language explicitly within the story as the children learn them within the context of gathering trip. The back of the book includes a glossary with pronunciation and translations of the words.
Julie Flett is a Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist. Nicola I. Campbell is Interior Salish and Métis. This book emphasizes Indigenous connection to the land and its importance.
Resource format: Picturebook
Age recommendation: Any
Keywords: gathering, native tongue, Elder teachings, Thompson River Salish, Cree, Métis, reliance on land, identity, language, Interior Salish Language, kinship, land based learning, traditional medicinal knowlege, respect for environment
Year of publication: 2018
Publisher information: Tradewind Books
Teaching and Learning Ideas
Our team collaborated with new teachers, alumni of the Werklund School of Education’s Bachelor of Education program, to create teaching and learning plans for texts in this website. With audiences ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Post-Secondary, lesson plans across this resource address a wide range of school subject areas, inclusive approaches, and Indigenous education topics, such as the revitalization of Indigenous languages. As this website was designed with Undergraduate Programs in Education instructors, as well as teachers in mind, connections to UPE courses have been flagged on each lesson plan. These lessons are intended as a starting place for educators, to help you envision ways in which you might bring Indigenous literatures, as well as ways of knowing, being, and doing, into your teaching contexts. Please adapt, use, and share these lessons in ways that are generative for your teaching practice. We offer our sincere thanks to the dozens of new teachers who gifted us with these creative ideas!