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Title:
The sockeye mother / by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) ; illustrated by Natasha Donovan.
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9781553797395
Publication Information:
Winnipeg, Manitoba : HighWater Press, 2017.

©2017
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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
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"To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined."-- Provided by publisher.
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To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.

The Sockeye Mother is the winner of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada book award for books published in 2017, youth books category. The Sockeye Mother is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards, Younger Category , at the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards.


Author Notes

Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) is from the Gitxsan Nation, of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry, and has volunteered for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and Indigenous Music Manitoba. The Sockeye Mother (winner of The Science Writers and Communicators Book Award) is Brett's first book for children.

Natasha is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia and previously worked in publishing at the University of Victoria. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side anthology and will appear in the forthcoming anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold . She has also illustrated a children's book, The Sockeye Mother by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Sky, and their dog, Luna.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Writing in lyrical prose, Huson, who belongs to the Gitxsan Nation, honors the sockeye salmon as a resource and potent symbol within Gitxsan culture: "Little does this small sockeye fry know that its life cycle not only nourishes the people and other beings along the watersheds, it is the whole reason the forests and landscapes exist." He describes the journey of a young sockeye from the river to the Pacific and back again to spawn, incorporating (and defining) vocabulary words related to salmon ecology, including semelparous ("breeding only once in a lifetime") and keystone species. Donovan, a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia, incorporates masklike images into her dynamic spreads, as well as motifs of flowing currents, plumes of campfire smoke, grasses, and tree bark. Huson eloquently conveys the fragile interconnectedness of the natural world and the moral imperative to protect it. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.