We can learn many things from the stars, the plants, the animals, and Ena Makoochay (Mother Earth) herself. But how do we show gratitude for the gifts we receive?
Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—knows from the teachings of his family how important it is to always give back. Whether we are taking berries or plants from the earth, eggs from a duck’s nest, or knowledge from a learned person, it is so important to offer a gift back to show honour and appreciation. Join Paul and his teacher Ms. Baxter to find out what they discover about the protocol of offering the tobacco plant.
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#SihaTooskinKnows…, with its words and illustrations, is a love letter to our family, culture, resilience, and pride.
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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
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