The Ojibwe of Great Spirit Island; Canoe Kids Volume 1

Elin Kelsey

Soyeon Kim

The Ojibwe of Great Spirit Island; Canoe Kids Volume 1

Canoe Kids Vol. 1, The Ojibwe of Great Spirit Island is the first issue of a 24 edition series designed as family books for people of all ages. The mandate for the full-colour book (nearly 200 full colour high res photographs) is Exploring Indigenous Cultures through Authentic Indigenous Voices. The publication balances culture, equity and the environment in a beautiful mix of the pictorial quality and in depth editorial content. 


A geopolitical view of the world prior to long distance travel by colonizing forces looked much different than it does today. For example, the borders that now exist between across the Americas were not present 500 years ago. Indigenous people moved freely across what is now a border, and in some communities, even straddled it. Tribal territories were respected and elaborate trades routes existed from east to west, north to south. To begin to understand cultures that have existed for millennia, you must appreciate their world view is so much more than just the last 500 years. We invite you to take this journey with us, to listen and learn from Indigenous peoples who have occupied these lands since time immemorial.

Publication date May 20, 2021
Regular price $22.95
Regular price Sale price $22.95

SKU: BP100378

"Scientifically sound and philosophically profound." - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Gentle and reassuring, with amazing artwork once again, this is a book that is as hopeful as it is beautiful." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Kim's absorbing dioramas create tender scenes of community, intimacy, and loss...readers will appreciate the matter-of-fact, never emotionally prescriptive look at creatures’ mourning behaviors." - Publishers Weekly

"A lovely piece of enhanced nonfiction... Thoughtful and eye-opening." - School Library Journal

"This stunning picture book is unusual in many ways, from its unique and seldom-explored topic to the illustrations done in collage and created using dioramas." - Booklist

"The book adopts a gentle tone and establishes a mood of reverence and respect through Elin Kelsey’s written text and Soyeon Kim’s attractive artwork." - Canadian Review of Materials

Silver Birch Express Award, 2021

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, 2020

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020

Texas Topaz Reading List selection, 2021

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Publication date

April 15, 2020

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Interest age

From 4 to 12