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Siha Tooskin Knows the Sacred Eagle Feather

By Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead
Illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Values & Virtues, Adolescence
Series: Siha Tooskin Knows
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 9–11
Grade: 3–5
Reading Level: Lexile 960L
Paperback : 9781553798491, 32 pages, May 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798507, 32 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798514, 32 pages, May 2020

For as long as Paul could remember there were eagle feathers around him…but how had they come to be in all of those places in his life?

Description

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—can find eagle feathers in Ade’s truck, on the dream catcher above his bed, on his Uncle Lenard’s bustle, and in with the smudge bowls in all of his relatives’ homes. Paul already knows that the eagle is important because of the way that his family respects and cares for eagle feathers. Now he’s old enough for the teachings of where the feathers come from and why they are so sacred. Walk with Paul and Mitoshin (his grandfather) so you too will understand the teaching of the sacred eagle feather.

The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy.

Reviews

Among The Globe and Mail's twelve children’s books that will inspire and enlighten

- The Globe and Mail

Among Best Books for Kids & Teens, a starred selection of exceptional caliber

- The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC)

#SihaTooskinKnows…, with its words and illustrations, is a love letter to our family, culture, resilience, and pride.

- Tanya Talaga, journalist and author

Reconciliation is a big word, and it is a big job. Authors Wilson and Charlene Bearhead show us that even storybook characters can help when they are brought alive in authentic cultural settings. Meet Paul Wahasaypa, also known as Siha Tooskin or Little Foot, as he dances his way through these colourful pages, sharing some of the things he loves most with his new, non-Indigenous friend Jeff…his culture, his powwow dances, and even his beloved Uncle Lenard with all his teachings and teasing! More than an adventure between new friends, this is a colourful, youth-friendly, cultural exchange based on kindness, respect, and willingness to share and to learn.

- Marie Wilson, Commissioner, TRC of Canada , 2009-2015

There are many reasons to love this series.  Highly Recommended.

- Bit About Books