We Belong to the Drum/mistikwaskihk kitipêyimikonaw (Bilingual, English/Cree)

Sandra Lamouche (Author) Azby Whitecalf (Illustrator)
Greyeyes Sand (Translator)
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Product Type: Hardcover Books
Age Groups: Ages 4 to 6

In this dual-language illustrated picture book, a child who's away from his family for the first time at daycare finds belonging through the music of the powwow drum. In English and Plains Cree.

The drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. We all belong to the earth and we all belong to the drum.

Nikosis grew up going to powwows with his family, happily immersed in music, dance and the sounds of the drum. But when he starts going to daycare, he doesn’t feel like he belongs. Nikosis cries every time his mother leaves him in the unfamiliar environment until, one day, she and the teachers use drums to help Nikosis find connection and comfort.

Inspired by her son’s experience—and her family's love of powwow music and dance—Indigenous educator and champion hoop dancer Sandra Lamouche shares this uplifting true story of the transformative effects of culturally safe and inclusive early childhood education.

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SKU 142842
ISBN 9781459834385
Language English/Cree
Lexile ® Measure AD520L
Guided Reading Level L
Page Count 32
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Picture Books
Additional Contributor Azby Whitecalf
Primary Contributor Sandra Lamouche
Age Groups Ages 4 to 6
Publisher Orca Book Publishers