Two new books have been released in the NorthWind Book series that the Department of Education and Eagle Crest Books partnered to develop. The nine books in the The Early Reader Book series focus on Yukon First Nations culture.
A Time for Bear Roots features Elder Jimmy Johnny of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and the Grade One and Two Students of J.V. Clark School, Mayo. Bear Root is an edible tap root found throughout the Yukon that is harvested in the spring when it is sweet and juicy.
Rabbit Stew for Grandma features Elders Mrs. Martha Buyck and Mr. Walter Peter, of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, and the students of J.V. Clark School, Mayo and includes Setting a Rabbit Snare in Winter by Fran Etzel.
The early reader books feature adults and children from Yukon communities, and reflect the lives and culture of Yukon First Nation people. This was a collaborative effort involving elders, students, school administrators, curriculum staff at the Department of Education and the publishers at Eaglecrest Books. The nine books are available in French and English, for now. Yukon First Nation language translations are underway.
* Copies of the Eagle Crest early reader books are available through the Department of Education.
Photo © A Time for Bear Roots, Northwind Books.