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Little Metis and the Metis Sash

Little Metis and the Metis Sash is a children's story by Metis author Deborah Delorande. In this story Delorande combines Metis and Saulteaux information in an interesting contemporary story about a young Metis boy and his efforts to help his family. Little Metis is bored and asks his Kookum what he can do for fun. She sends him out to help his father and then the trouble begins. The Wind tags along and Little Metis takes his grandmother's coloured wool skeins as a guide. The trailing wool is gathered by the playful wind and the troubles begin. In his effort to help family members set rabbit snares, make bannock and pemmican, Little Metis unfortunately distracts his parents and grandfather. But Kookum sees that Little Metis has succeeded in bringing all the family members together for a meal. Kookum rewards Little Metis with a colourful Metis sash that is presented to Metis youth when they provide for their family. An end note explains the colours and techniques for creating this multipurpose Metis sash. Throughout the story the author introduces Saulteaux vocabulary and provides a glossary of these terms and their English translations. The book is illustrated by Keiron Flamand, a Metis artist from Manitoba. A good resource for elementary students about contemporary Metis culture.

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