Leah Marie Dorion’s My First Métis Lobsticktakes young readers back to Canada’s fur trade era by focusing on a Métis family’s preparations for a lobstick celebration and feast in the boreal forest. Through the eyes of a young boy, we see how important lobstick making and ceremony was to the Métis community. From the Great Lakes to the present-day Northwest Territories, lobstick poles—important cultural and geographical markers, which merged Cree, Ojibway, and French-Canadian traditions—dotted the landscape of our great northern boreal forest. This little known aspect of Métis history vividly comes to life through Leah Marie Dorion’s crisp prose and stunning gallery-quality artwork. Includes an audio CD with narrations by Leah Marie Dorion in English, and Norman Fleury in Michif.
Leah Marie Dorion is a Métis artist, author, lecturer, and researcher. She is the author and illustrator of The Diamond Willow Walking Stick, Relatives With Roots, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story, and My First Metis Lobstick, and is the illustrator of Roogaroo Mickey.