The Gift of the Little People: A Six Season of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story
Publisher & Publication Year
HighWater Press, 2022
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William Dumas (Rocky Cree)
At the time of the spring thaw, the Rocky Cree fill their canoes with furs, eager to trade with the new visitors in mistiwāsahak, also known as Hudson Bay. But not all of the new visitors are welcome. When the canoes return home to the shores of the misinipī river, the Rocky Cree begin to collapse one by one, drenched in sweat and slowly slipping into delirium. Elder Kākakiw struggles to help the sick as more and more people pass into the spirit world. Hope finally comes with a visitor in the night: one of the Little People, small beings who are just like us. To save his people from death, Kākakiw must overcome his doubt to follow the traditional teachings of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak and trust in the gift of the Little People.
Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People, Older Category 2023; Joint winner, Manitowapow Award 2023; Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ 2023