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Pīsim Finds Her Miskanaw

Book 1, The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Īthiniwak series
by William Dumas | Illustrated by Leonard Paul

Grade: for grades 5–12
SKU: 978-1-55379-909-2 Categories: ,


Pub Date: 26/05/2020

NOW REVISED! This edition features updated Rocky Cree translations and an expanded glossary, augmented with new maps to give a more detailed look at Pīsim’s journey. These enhancements make this book a great tool for teachers and a great addition to any library.

Out of an important archaeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Pīsim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pīsim begins to recognize her miskanaw – the path for her life – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mi’kmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more.

Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for Pīsim Finds her Miskanaw. A printable eBook of the guide is available for downloading.

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanaw is book one in The Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Īthiniwak series about the Asiniskow Īthiniwak (Rocky Cree) of Northern Manitoba. Corresponding to the six seasons of sīkwan (spring), nīpin (summer), takwakin (fall), mikiskow (freeze-up), pipon (winter), and mithoskamin (break-up), the books explore the language, culture, knowledge, territory, and history of the 17th century Rocky Cree people through story and images. The groundbreaking series centres Indigenous ways of knowing and includes insights from a wide range of disciplines – cross-cultural education, history, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, oral culture and storytelling, experiential and community-based learning, and art.

To find more information about The Six Seasons project and the Picture Book App: Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw visit

Awards for the 1st Edition

Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category

Shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2014

Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms

Praise for the 1st Edition

In imagining the life of a young Cree woman, this volume provides a wonderful evocation of the wisdom and language of Cree elders that seamlessly incorporates archaeology, ethnology, and oral traditions.
—Stephen Loring, Arctic Studies

This rich story … brings alive the history and language of Asiniskow Ithiniwak in Manitowapow while illustrating the cultural breadth of a dynamic community. This book is a joy to read, teach, and share with my daughter.
—Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Professor

The brilliant teamwork between archaeologists, the Cree, and an accomplished storyteller gives us … a beautiful written and illustrated journey into a centuries-old world … the books promises to be a classic of Canadian history.
—Brian Fagan, Emeritus Professor

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