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Four Faces of the Moon
By (author): Amanda Strong Afterword by: Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette PhD.

ISBN:

9781773214535

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

Young adult: Interest age, years 12, Canadian school grade range 7, US school grade range 7, Reading age, years 12
Sep 07, 2021
$18.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

9.9in x 7 x 0.6 in | 600 gr

Page Count:

208 pages
Annick Press
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

On a journey to uncover her family’s story, Spotted Fawn travels through time and space to reclaim connection to ancestors, language, and the land in this essential graphic novel.

In the dreamworld, she bears witness to a mountain of buffalo skulls, a ghostly monument to the slaughter of the buffalo—a key tactic to starve and contain the Indigenous People onto reservations.

Spotted Fawn must travel through her own family history to confront the harsh realities of the past and reignite her connection to her people and the land. Her darkroom becomes a portal, allowing her glimpses into the lives of her relatives. Guided by her ancestors, Spotted Fawn’s travels through the past allow her to come into full face—like the moon itself.

Adapted from the acclaimed stop-motion animated film of the same name, also by Strong, Four Faces of the Moon brings the history of the Michif, Cree, Nakoda, and Anishinaabe Peoples alive on the page.

Backmatter by Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette (Michif), an associate professor of Native Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, provides information on Michif culture and history.

  • Unique visuals: This is a groundbreaking project with stunning spreads adapted from award winning stop-motion animation film of same name. Art is all manipulated and modified stills from the film, that itself uses elaborate sets and puppetry.
  • Creator on the rise: Amanda Strong is an up and coming Indigenous artist. She's the founder of of Spotted Fawn Productions, an animation and media-based studio that provides mentorship and training opportunities for emerging and diverse artists. Her films have screened at Cannes and TIFF and show in art galleries around the world. She is a 2020 Fellow of the Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab.
  • Own Voices: author is a member of the Michif Nation
  • Additional content: The book includes a note from the author. Strong did a lot of research about family and their involvement in historical events like the Red River Rebellion, discovering connections to personal and political history later in life. Additional resources at the end of the book by Dr. Sherry Farrell-Racette (Michif), an associate professor of Native Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, provides information on Michif culture and history and the injustices of colonialism. Includes information on:
  1. Moon – cycles, symbols, cultural ties
  2. What is a Michif? What is a Métis
  3. Historical events
  4. Timeline

Amanda Strong is a Michif filmmaker, illustrator, media artist, and stop-motion director, as well as the founder of Spotted Fawn Productions, an Indigenous-led production studio that provides mentorship and training opportunities for emerging and diverse artists. She is based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sherry Farrell Racette (Métis/Algonquin/Irish) is an interdisciplinary scholar with an active artistic and curatorial practice. She was born in Manitoba and is a member of Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec (unceded Algonquin territory). Prior to her doctoral studies, she had an extensive career in Indigenous education. Her work as a cultural historian is grounded in archival research and object-based study in museum collections with an emphasis on retrieving women’s voices and recovering aesthetic knowledge.In addition to her painting, beading and textile work, she has illustrated eight children's books, collaborating with some of Canada's most noted Indigenous authors. Farrell Racette is currently teaching in the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance at the University of Regina. 

“Worthwhile . . . and offers interesting perspectives on the search for Indigenous identity.”

- CM Reviews, 03/05/21

“Moving and intense . . . the graphic novel effectively portrays how Indigenous youth can reconnect to their ancestors through art, language, and cultural knowledge.”

- School Library Journal, 04/30/21

Four Faces of the Moon is a visually stunning story of Métis life, love and belonging. Based in part on the life of Strong's grandmother, Olivine Bousquet, we learn of the courage, strength and resilience of Métis women and the Métis people both in the past and in the present. A rich, beautiful and immersive reading experience that shouldn't be missed.

- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of Noopiming: The Cure For White Ladies

A garden of beauty, innocence, broken trust and truth. This is magnificent storytelling. This is Spotted Fawn magic.

- Richard van Camp

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