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The Delta is My Home

The Delta is My Home    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897252-32-1
Pages 26
Language English
Price $16.95
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Written by Tom McLeod and Mindy Willett.
Photographs by Tessa Macintosh.
Published by Fifth House Ltd., 2008.


Tom McLeod is an eleven-year-old boy from Aklavik who is a gifted storyteller heard frequently on CBC Radio North. He is of mixed cultural heritage – Gwich'in and Inuvialuit.

In The Delta is My Home, Tom tells us why his home in the Mackenzie Delta is a special place and why he loves to live on the land. He describes how his town floods in the spring and why he loves "ratting" (trapping muskrats) and hunting "black ducks" (white-winged and surf scoters) in the Delta. Readers will learn why these ducks are decreasing in number and how and why they are important to Tom and his people.

Tom says, "Northerners have always hunted animals for survival. We are careful about how we use the land. To be good hunters we need to pay attention to what is happening on the land around us — that's why it's important for us to be out there. We are the first to know if the land and animals are changing."

Join Tom at Canada's largest river delta and find out more about Aklavik and the people there who "never say die."

The Delta is My Home is part of Fifth House's The Land is Our Storybook series of books for children about the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Mindy Willett, an educational consultant and former teacher from Yellowknife, has worked with storytellers-Elders and cultural leaders-from ten regions in the territory to capture real stories of everyday life as it exists today. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in The Land Is Our Storybook series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the Northwest Territories, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North. The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

Attractively photographed and illustrated, this book is intended for Grades 4 – 8.

Other titles in the The Land is Our Storybook series:
The Caribou Feed Our Soul (Æétthén bet’á dághíddá)
Living Stories (Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda )
We Feel Good Out Here (Zhik gwaa'an, nakhwatthaiitat gwiinzii)

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