The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. Sprinkled with gentle humour and the Anishinaabe language, this collection speaks to children and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of stories that touch the heart.

The Gift Is in the Making is the second title in The Debwe Series. Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writings from across Canada.

approx. 110 pages

Out June 2013


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve been enjoying the books provided by Highwater Press lately.  This book is no different. There are twenty-one chapters with a great introduction to Anishnaabe traditional stories. While reading fascinating stories, you can also learn the native language. Heart-felt and endearing, all these stories are great for adult or children. They’ll leave a lasting impression. Each story gives a gentle lesson that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. You’ll find yourself with a greater appreciation for everything around you. I found that I was paying closer attention to all the life, all the unique colours and vibrancy that I hadn’t before.

This book is about family, relationships and having a respect for life, nature and all creatures big or small. There is pride felt for country, self and traditions. Overall this entire book is a feel-good journey, with a bit of humour to top it off.

I recommend this book to all. The book has interesting artwork/illustrations (black and white) that add to the stories shared.

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