We Feel Good Out Here
Written by Julie-Ann André and Mindy Willett.
Photographs by Tessa Macintosh.
Published by Fifth House Ltd., 2008.
|Julie-Ann André is a Gwichya Gwich'in from
Tsiigehtchic in Canada's Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a
mother of twin daughters, a hunter, a trapper, and a student.
In We Feel Good Out Here, Julie-Ann shares her family's story and the story of her land Khaii Luk, the place of winter fish. As Julie-Ann says, "The land has a story to tell, if you know how to listen. When I travel, the land tells me where my ancestors have been. It tells me where the animals have come and gone, and it tells me what the weather may be like tomorrow."
Her home is an important part of who Julie-Ann is. She wants to help make sure that her environment is healthy, so it can continue to tell its story to her children and their children.
We Feel Good Out Here 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 betá dághíddá)
The Delta is My Home (Ehdiitat shanakat t'agoonch'uu Uvanga Nunatarmuitmi aimayuaqtunga)
Living Stories (Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda )
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