okāwīsimāw omēkiwin askīhkānihk ohci/Auntie's Rez Surprise

By Heather O'Watch

Illustrated By Ellie Arscott

Translated By Dorothy Thunder

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tānisi! my little one, tānisi!

Auntie always greets Cree in Nehiyaw when she comes for a visit. When Auntie arrives with a surprise gift hidden in her bag, Cree can’t wait to discover what it is. The first clue? It’s from the rez. As Cree tries to figure out what it might be, the bag starts to move!

This dual language edition contains the story in both Plains Cree (Nehiyaw) and English.

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Publication Date: September 19, 2023

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 24

ISBN: 978-1-77260-345-3

Heather O'Watch

About the Author

Heather O'Watch

Heather O'Watch is a Nakota and Nehiyaw woman from Okanese First Nation, located in Treaty 4 Territory. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Heather is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and hopes to continue a career in governance and policy. Heather enjoys spending time with her family, relatives, and five dogs. 

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Ellie Arscott

About the Illustrator

Ellie Arscott

Ellie Arscott grew up in a small Ontario town where three generations of "Nonnas" before her also called it home. Ellie graduated from Sheridan College in Interpretive Illustration. Her illustration debut Night Walk was awarded a SCBWI Canada East Crystal Kite. Ellie lives in Toronto's east end with her family.

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About the Translator

Dorothy Thunder

Dorothy Thunder is a Plains Cree (nêhiyawiskwêw) from Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan and full-time Cree instructor in Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. 

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