Audience:Young adult: Interest age, years 12, Canadian school grade range 7, US school grade range 7, Reading age, years 12
Dimensions:9.9in x 7 x 0.6 in | 600 gr
Page Count:208 pages
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.
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