As Long as the Rivers Flow
Written by Larry Loyie
Illustrated by Heather Holmlund
Written by Constance Brissenden
Publication Date September 04, 2005
Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures.
As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip.
Winner of the Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award 2003
Selected for the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice 2004
Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta, where he spent his early years living a traditional Cree life. At the age of ten he was placed in St. Bernard's Mission residential school Grouard, Alberta. He is the author of several plays, short stories and children's stories dealing with native traditions, literacy and residential schools. Larry received the 2001 Canada Post Literacy Award for Individual Achievement (British Columbia).
Heather D. Holmund studied fine art and the visual arts at York University, specializing in watercolour. Most recently she has focused on painting people as they relate to the natural world. From the day the authors met Heather and saw her work, the three of them shared a similar vision for this unique book, As Long as the Rivers Flow.
Constance Brissenden is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of nine books of travel and history.
"A haunting combination of art, story and document." Toronto Star
"Holmlund's realistic and detailed watercolors expertly illuminate events throughout the story, in vignettes, plates, and a few full-page pictures." School Library Journal
"Loyie's quite words and Holmlund's authentic watercolor art capture the happy wilderness home..." Booklist