The Vision Seeker

Fitzhenry & WhitesideSKU: 1554551943

Author:
Whetung, James
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven
Nation:
Ojibwe, Woodland
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
32
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishing
Copyright Data:
2011

Price:
Sale price$9.95

Description

The Vision Seeker is a children's picture book by Ojibwe author James Whetung from Curve Lake, Ontario. In this retelling of the origin of the sweat lodge, the author introduces young readers to one aspect of Ojibwe spirituality. The young boy in the story wishes that he could help his village overcome the constant warfare that had befallen the people. The boy's parents offer a solution. So the boy sets off to a distant mountain to undertake his vision quest. The vision quest is a time of fasting and dreaming. The boy has only four kernels of corn for sustenance during the quest. After four days of travelling, he reaches the mountain. There the boy has a dream about the gifts of the Seven Grandfathers. The gifts are knowledge, love, honesty, strength, bravery, respect, and humility. During the dream, the Grandfathers tell the boy to look within the bowl of water. In this bowl the boy sees all of creation and he understands that he must share these teachings with his people if they are to survive. The boy returns to his village bringing the gift of the sweat lodge to his community. The author provides an introductory and closing page that explains the nature of the teaching as well as the meaning behind the symbolism. This is a valuable book for students that provides a clear explanation of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) religion and spirituality. The wonderful illustrations by Paul Morin capture the intensity and mystery of the vision quest experience. The author writes with authority about this important Ojibwe teaching through this children's story that explains the physical and spiritual nature of the vision quest. This book is highly recommended for students from grade 3 to 8. Junior Spring 2012

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