• History Podcast: William Dumas and Warren Cariou speak about The Gift of the Little People

    Six Seasons author William Dumas and Warren Cariou, Co-Leader of the Six Seasons Story Team spoke with Sean Graham, Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, about The Gift of the Little People. Their conversation was recorded for Graham's podcast History Slam. As Graham announces on his website: "We discuss the contemporary significance of telling an endemic story in 2022 (5:29), how the project team has built trust (6:30), and the challenge of putting an oral story into text (9:11). We also chat about the book’s images (13:41), gearing stories towards younger audiences (15:55), and the power of traditional stories (23:10)."

    You can listen to the podcast episode here:

    https://activehistory.ca/2022/...

  • Six Seasons partners create digital portal for community history

    A new initiative to promote Indigenous Heritage Learning was announced by Nelson House - Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) Family and Community Wellness Centre recently, a partner of the Six Seasons of Asiniskaw Ithiniwak project. DecisionWorks Consulting (DWC), working in partnership with Six Seasons team members, interviewed with the purpose of gathering information and insights about traditional knowledge, cultural practices, and historical events of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. The goal of the interviews was to preserve and document the cultural heritage of the community, as well as to gain a better understanding of the community's worldview, values, and customs. The overall theme of this initiative is entitled “Reconciling the Past to Build the Future.”

  • United States Board on Books for Young People: The Gift of the Little People is outstanding

    The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) each year selects international books that it deems outstanding. For the year 2022, William Dumas's The Gift of the Little People, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson, made it onto the list. You can find the full list here: https://www.usbby.org/outstanding-international-books-list.html

  • The Gift of the Little People one of the Best Bets Books 2022

    The Ontario Library Association (OLA) annually publishes a list of books that highlights excellence in Canadian publishing of young people's texts. The Gift of the Little people made OLA's "Best Bets 2022" list in the category "Junior Fiction." You can find the complete list here:
    https://accessola.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/2022-Best-Bets-Book-List.pdf

  • Review of Amō's Sapotawan

    Amō's Sapotawan received a review by "Storytime with Stephanie":

    "I appreciate how this book will have longevity. For younger readers, AMŌ’S story is engaging and interesting just on its own. As readers grow, they can take advantage of all the learning and teachings in the sidebars as well as the glossary at the end. William Dumas is so generous in his teachings and with his words and knowledge, sharing stories of the Rocky Cree of the past and connecting with the Rocky Cree of the present. AMŌ’S Sapotawan is an engaging and fascinating trip back in time and a book that will help all remember our roles as citizens of the future, no matter where we are."

    You can read the full review here: https://storytimewithstephanie...

  • True North Country Comics Podcast interviews Six Seasons members

    Six Seasons podcast True North Country Comics

  • Amō's Sapotawan one of the "Best Books" 2022

    Amō's Sapotawan made it onto the "Best Books" list on Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza's blog "American Indians in Children's Literature." https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2022/12/aicls-year-in-review-for-2022.html

  • Watch: Virtual Launch for Amo's Sapotawan

    On October 11, 2022, the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak virtually launched its latest publication Amo's Sapōtawan. It is the second book in the series and tells the story of the Rocky Cree girl Amo, who is about to decide which path in life she will follow. Speakers at this event included: William Dumas (Six Seasons storyteller and mentor, author of Amō's Sapotawan), Mavis Reimer (Six Seasons Project Director), and Rhian Brynjolson (illustrator of Amō's Sapotawan). The event was moderated by Warren Cariou, co-chair of the Six Seasons Story Team. Margaret Dumas performed a reading of an excerpt from the book. You can watch the recording of this event here.

  • The Library Ladies' Review of the Six Seasons Series

    This review discusses the first two books in the Six Seasons series: Pīsim Finds Her Miskanaw and Amō's Sapotawan. The reviewer writes: "Incredibly rich in detail, historical notes, and culture, “Pīsim Finds Her Miskanaw” and “Amō’s Sapotawan” are both great introductions to Rocky Cree history and culture as well as gentle, heartwarming stories about finding oneself."

  • Beautifully illustrated Rocky Cree storybook launches

    The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak’s eagerly anticipated Amō’s Sapotawan, written by Rocky Cree storyteller William Dumas and illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson, launches next week. This is the second book in the series.