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schchechmala children's series
Blueberry Patch / Meennunyakaa
Dual language (English & Anishinaabemowin)
By (author): Jennifer Leason Translated by: Norman Chartrand
9781926886589 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Ojibwa Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian Canada Sep 24, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8 x 8 x 0.38 in 32 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Theytus Books Ltd. Theytus Books
Berry picking with the Salteaux elders.

Based in Duck Bay, Manitoba, in the 1940s, an Elder shares his experience of packing up to go out to collect blueberries, a traditional gathering that took place every summer. He describes the journey and landscape with humor and such vivid imagery that readers will see themselves there with him, boarding the trail of wagons from surrounding communities and heading east toward the blueberry patch. The Elder's stories offer a journey back in time and are complemented by images of fields of plump blueberries, tall green grass, bannock baking over an open fire, clear freshwater streams and the tents the people slept in.

Written in English and Anishinaabemowin.

Jennifer Leason self-identifies as Saulteaux–Métis Anishinaabek. Her maternal Indigenous roots are from Duck Bay, Pine Creek First Nation and Camperville, Manitoba; her paternal Ukrainian-Norwegian roots are in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. She is the mother of two children. Jennifer is an advocate for women and for Indigenous communities, and she teaches at the University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD (2017), an MA (IGS), and a BA in psychology. Jennifer is a member of the Pine Creek Indian Band in Camperville, Manitoba.

Norman Chartrand is Saulteaux–Métis Anishinaabek. He is Jennifer's great-uncle and the son of Elise Beauchamp and Arthur Jacque (Jimmy) Chartrand. Elise Beauchamp was the daughter of Philoméne Klyne and Jean Beauchamp. Julia Brass was the daughter of Julia McLeod of Pelly and George Brass. Jean Beauchamp was the son of Nancy Chartrand and Joseph Beauchamp. His ancestors come from the Riding Mountain territory in Manitoba. He is a member of the Pine Creek Indian Band in Camperville, Manitoba.

Key Selling Points
An oral history and recollection of blueberry picking in the 1940's Manitoba Unfortunately,
speaking Saulteaux and traditional cultural practices such as community blueberry picking have been disrupted by colonialism, especially the local residential and day school ran by Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Camperville, Manitoba.
This book is an oral history that aims to document, preserve and revitalize local Saulteaux
culture and language, while also entertaining and capturing the audience through a short story and vivid imagery.
Jennifer Leason's current research project has just received a CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) New Investigator’s Award in Maternal-Child and Reproductive Health.
Jennifer is an advocate for women, and for Indigenous communities.

Marketing and Promo Plans
Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution
Blog and social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter

? “Acutely joyful.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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