Groundwood Books

niwîcihâw / I Help

Translated by Leona Morin-Neilson • Written by Caitlin Nicholson

Cree | For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781773061962
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

Cover of niwîcihâw / I Help

Regular price $9.95 CAD

24 pages
Digital Format

About this book

niwîcihâw / I Help

Leona Morin-Neilson • Caitlin Nicholson

This simple story in Cree and English explores a young child’s relationship to his grandmother, or nôkhom, as they go for a walk in the woods to pick rosehips. The young boy follows his grandmother, walking, listening, picking, praying and eating, just as she does. In doing so, he absorbs the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations portray the close relationship between the boy and his grandmother and the natural beauty of the bush. Her text has been translated into Cree by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was also the inspiration for niwîcihâw / ??????? / I Help.

Formerly titled Niwechihaw / I Help, this revised paperback edition features updated text, including Cree syllabics in addition to standard roman orthography and English.

About the Creators

Leona Morin-Neilson

Leona Morin-Neilson teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginial Headstart program in Prince George, British Columbia, and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also teaches people in her community about traditional plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

Caitlin Nicholson

Caitlin Dale Nicholson is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and she teaches art and English at an alternate school in Prince George. She is also learning about traditional plant medicines from Leona Morin-Neilson. Caitlin’s first picture book, Niwechihaw / I Help, has been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in Prince George.