Hummingbird / Aamo-binashee

  • Translated by: Norman Chartrand
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Indigenous resilience, Indigenous teachings, self-worth, residential school, oppression
  • Available:10/15/2024
  • Lexile:520L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:U

Remember the hummingbird's teachings. Remember you are loved.

Kokum warned us to watch out for one another. If we weren't careful, Windigo would eat us. But one night, alone in the darkness, I felt its breath on my neck. Windigo's lies crept into my heart, and I believed them. When we lose connection with others, we lose ourselves, and Windigo's darkness grows and spreads.

In this deeply emotional and beautifully illustrated picture book, the ancestors send a hummingbird to a child lost in Windigo’s darkness. Its teachings of resilience, love and connection bring the child home and remind us that our ancestors are always watching and can help us find our way if we only ask.

This bilingual book includes full text in both English and Anishinaabemowin.