Powwow Counting in Cree book launch highlights
My grandmother speaks Cree, but never taught her grandchildren. In high school, instead of taking Native Studies, I took a Cree language class and learned to speak it very well. Years went by, I moved away, went to University, and eventually realized I had lost the language. In a conversation with my sister, she related her wish that it could be different for our kids. She wished we had more Cree resources to help teach them the language. “How can we pass it on, if we forget ourselves?” she asked. I responded by going to my computer and writing a story for our kids to learn their numbers in Cree. I thought to myself, “what is the earliest memory I have of learning Cree?” and it was counting. This book was written as a resource for teaching Cree numbers from one to ten. Powwow imagery is used to help little ones (and adults too) become familiar with First Nation Culture and the Powwow. My hope is to convey a sense of cultural pride to the reader, and shed light on the unique beauty of First Nation Culture.
–Penny M. Thomas, author