Book cover of A Blanket of Butterflies: The Spirit of Denendeh, Vol. 1

A Blanket of Butterflies: The Spirit of Denendeh, Vol. 1



Publisher & Publication Year

HighWater Press, 2022

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Richard Van Camp (Tłı̨chǫ Nation)

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Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk



Shinobu has travelled to Fort Smith to reclaim his grandfather’s samurai sword and armour. But when he discovers that the sword was lost in a poker game, he must confront the man known as Benny the Bank. Along the way, Shinobu is helped by unlikely heroes: a young Tłı̨chǫ Dene boy named Sonny, his grandmother, and a visitor from the spirit world. Together, they face Benny and his men, including the giant they call Flinch. Will Shinobu be able to regain the lost sword and, with it, his family’s honour? And can Sonny and his grandmother help Shinobu while keeping the peace in their community?

Notable Achievements

Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ 2023; Nominated, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens for 2024


Kirkus Reviews: "A powerful, visually impactful story of cross-culture relations."

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