What's in a Bead?

  • Illustrated By: Tessa Pizzale
  • Pages:24
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Indigenous beading, Indigenous artwork, Indigenous language, Cree, Anishinaabe
  • Available:03/12/2024
Tessa loves how her grandmother always smells of campfire stories. Mom says it’s because Kohkom spends her days sewing beautiful beads onto smoked hides. Inspired, Tessa asks Kohkom to teach her beading, but first she must listen and learn about the many stories held in a bead. A celebration of Cree craftsmanship, language, and learning. The loving exchange of knowledge between Tessa and her Kohkom will be familiar to many children. Readers will learn that different Indigenous communities have different beadwork techniques, and that this traditional art form is alive and thriving today.

"The story is a beautiful look into the importance of beading in our communities and the ways that this art practice ties us together as families and communities."

– Nancy Cooper, First Nations Consultant for the Southern Ontario Library Services and coordinator for First Nation Communities Read
Second Story Press Indigenous Writing Contest   | 2021  |  Runner-up