Richard Van Camp (Tłı̨chǫ Dene)
Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk
No one knows how a suit of samurai armor ended up in the Fort Smith museum. When a mysterious stranger turns up to claim it, Sonny, a young Tłı̨chǫ Dene boy, is eager to help.
Shinobu has traveled to Fort Smith, NWT, to reclaim his grandfather’s samurai sword and armor, 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 must rely on unlikely heroes—Sonny, his grandmother, and a visitor from the spirit world. Together, they face Benny and his men, including the giant they call Flinch.
Learn about the real-life inspiration behind the story and the intersections between Indigenous and Japanese Canadian experiences during the Second World War.