Wisdom From Our First Nations

Wisdom From Our First Nations

Book - 2015
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In Indigenous cultures, elders serve as a bridge across time: they are connected to the past, they live in the present and they offer wisdom for the future. In these fascinating biographical essays, twelve First Nation and Native American elders share stories from their lives and tell what it was like to live in a time before television, cell phones and video games. Their stories explain how their humble childhoods shaped the adults they became and the lessons they share as elders. All the elders profiled work to ensure that their Native culture is passed down to members of their tribe. Settle in with this book and "listen" to the stories of these elders' lives. As you take in their history, you just might gain wisdom that could make a difference in your own life.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781927583555
Branch Call Number: J 970.00497 Older-S
Characteristics: x, 101 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.


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Sep 13, 2016

I was disappointed on a few levels. I had thought this was written for the general public, not young adults, so I was disappointed by the very low level of vocabulary. However, that isn't any reason to rate something low. My main disappointment was in the fact that the opportunity to highlight the lives of some elders was completely lost. The interviews were no doubt very powerful and yet they are only presented here in a Coles Notes, bare-bones summary that barely glazes the surface of the lives lived. I really hope there are more options for young readers to learn about First Nationals and Native American persons.

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