PISIM FINDS HER MISKANOW, by William Dumas, Illustrated by Leonard Paul, Highwater Press


In 1993, the remains of a young woman were discovered at Nagami Bay, South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Out of that important archeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the Mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more.


I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review. This is truly an amazing book.

William Dumas, a Cree Elder, was born in South Indian Lake, Manitoba.  For 25 years, he has been an educator and administrator; his passion for the Cree language and culture are well aligned with his current position as Cree Language and Culture Coordinator for the Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) Education Authority.  William Dumas knows firsthand the power storytelling has to teach Aboriginal youth where they come from and where they are going.

Leonard Paul. The art of Leonard Paul, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been shown around the world, and is found in many prominent galleries and collections.  He has received numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Award, and his artistic vision has been explored by both the National Film Board (Canada) and the CBC.  A long-time mentor, teacher, and leader of First Nations youth, Leonard is currently working on a book of legends of his own people, the Mi’Kmaq.

48 pages of gorgeous story and artwork.

Large, hardcover (no book jacket) book with beautiful lettering, artwork and finish.

Stunning color, vibrant and clear. Informative and entertaining, wonderful historical elements, side legends of Cree vocabulary. A lovely heritage of the early settlers of Canada in a fully illustrated and beautifully laid out book; excellent for any historical collector or someone looking for a book on the subject to add to their collection.  Students would benefit from this book as would children learning about, history, heritage, culture and early settlers of Canada.  Highly recommend it for the wealth of information contained in its pages along with the incredible artwork that accompanies the story. This book is an easy read, flows smoothly and is worth the purchase.

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