Mithoskāmin, or spring, translates in English to "good moving water" (mitho = good; ska = moving or walking; min = water) because this is the season in which water ways that have been frozen during the months of pipon (winter) and sikwan (break-up) open and can be used for canoe travel. The moons for this season are athīki pīsim (frog moon) and wāwī pīsim (egg laying moon). All the snow is gone and new growth is visible. During this season, the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak build and repair canoes, gather eggs, make tools and baskets, and tap birch trees once the sap stops running.

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow

In 1993, the remains of a young woman were discovered at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. Out of that important archaeological discovery came this unique story about a week in the life of Piisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Piisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more.

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    On October 24, 2019 the Six Seasons of Asiniskaw Ithiniwak collaborative research group celebrated the launch of the first picture book app in the Six Seasons series. A retelling of the 2013 story Pisim Finds Her Miskanaw, by William Dumas, the app brings Pisim’s journey richly to life through full-colour illustrations, songs, interactive games, and cultural notes.

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