Piisim Finds Her Miskanow
by William Dumas | Illustrated by Leonard Paul
Grade: for grades 4–12
Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category
Shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2014
Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms
In 1993, the remains of a young woman were discovered at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. Out of that important archaeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Piisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Piisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more.
Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for Piisim Finds her Miskanow. A printable eBook of the guide is available for downloading.