TWO LITTLE GIRLS LOST IN THE BUSH: A CREE STORY FOR CHILDREN/WANISINWAK ISKWESISAK: AWASISASINAHIKANIS
Glecia Bear/Nêhiyaw. Illustrated by Jerry Whitehead; Edited and Translated by Freda Ahenakew and H.C. Wolfart.
Volume 20 Number 4
This delightful story provides readers with an opportunity to hear the authentic voice of Nêhiyaw/Glecia Bear, who tells about an experience that happened to her many years ago when she was a little girl.
When she was eleven and her sister was eight, she was given the responsibility of watching over a cow that was about to have a calf. When the cow wandered into the densely forested wilderness, the two children followed it. Alone, and without food or warm clothing, they tried to find their way back home. The story shows the self-reliance, strength and wisdom of a little girl who comforts her younger sister through their ordeal and follows the owl, who eventually leads them back to safety.
Nêhiyaw/Glecia Bear was born in Saskatchewan and now lives in Meadow Lake, where she has raised eleven children of her own and many other children and grandchildren. She is seventy-eight years old, and is well known as a great story-teller.
Nêhiyaw's story was recorded, and the printed text was prepared from the tape recording and then translated into English.
The text of this story is presented in the original Cree and in English translation on each page, with colourful illustrations by Cree artist Jerry Whitehead.
For any school trying to build up their section on native literature, this is a must!
Kay Kerman is a teacher at Chelsea Elementary School in Chelsea, Quebec.
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