THREE FEATHERS, THE DEBWE SERIES, by Richard Van Camp, Illustrated by K. Mateus, Highwater Press


Three young men—Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert—have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they’ve done?

Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.

Three Feathers is the third 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 Indigenous writings from across Canada.

approx. 48 pages

Out March 2015


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve previously read the other books in this series and I still feel the same way. Van Camp and Mateus make another outstanding team of storyteller and illustrator. In this book, the illustrations were done in black ink.  I love Mateus’ style and clarity and how the artwork compliments the story so well.

Here is an interview with Richard Van Camp

Interview with Richard Van Camp from Canadian Literature on Vimeo.

And another online magazine (Briarpatch) interview you might find interesting. Here.

His work is strong and provocative and I know you’ll enjoy reading his work.

K. Mateus is a Canadian illustrator who always knew art was her calling. Whether a story is done as a graphic novel or story book, she immerses herself into that world. She hopes her work will inspire others to illustrate.

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