Wisdom from our First Nations

Wisdom from our First Nations


By Kim Sigafus and Lyle Ernst 


In Indigenous cultures, elders serve as a bridge across time: they are connected to the past, they live in the present and they offer wisdom for the future

In these fascinating biographical essays, twelve First Nation and Native American elders share stories from their lives and tell what it was like to live in a time before television, cell phones and video games. Their stories explain how their humble childhoods shaped the adults they became and the lessons they share as elders. All the elders profiled work to ensure that their Native culture is passed down to members of their tribe. Settle in with this book and “listen” to the stories of these elders’ lives. As you take in their history, you just might gain wisdom that could make a difference in your own life.

A First Nations Book for Young Readers

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About the Editor

Kim Sigafus is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer from Warren, Illinois. She is an Ojibwa and her family is from the White Earth Indian Reservation in the northwest region of Minnesota.

About the Editor

Lyle Ernst is a member of the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities based in Moline, Illinois. He is a freelance journalist who has contributed news stories, feature stories, and columns to various newspapers.

Product Information

  • Release: March 10, 2015

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 128 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 6-8

  • ISBN: 9781927583555


  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History / Social Studies
    > Canadian History

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples

Praise for Wisdom from our First Nations

"These portraits of twelve First Nations Elders whose youth predates television and social media provide a glimpse of life perhaps quite foreign to what many young people are accustomed to.... Author Kim Sigafus, an Ojibwe from Minnesota, has made a commendable effort to create a collection of stories from all corners of a diverse continent." - Resource Links

"Wisdom From Our First Nations is a valuable contribution because it documents First Nations’ experiences with highly personal stories that all readers can appreciate... This latest book [from the “The First Nations Book for Young Readers" series] makes First Nations elders’ lives accessible to young readers and, in doing so, articulates their experiences as valuable and important to convey." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials