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Opimotewina wina kapagamawat Witigowa / Journeys of The One to Strike the Wetigo

Opimotewina wina kapagamawat Witigowa / Journeys of The One to Strike the Wetigo

Paperback : 9780889779044, 328 pages, November 2022
Hardcover : 9780889779075, 328 pages, November 2022
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  • Short-listed, The Hill Times Best Books of 2022 2022
  • Nominated, First Nations Communities Read Awards 2023


A first-hand account of a Swampy Cree boy’s experiences growing up in the Saskatchewan River Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas and one of North America’s most important ecosystems.
Depicting an Indigenous lifestyle that existed in Northern Saskatchewan way past the Fur Trade era, Ken Carriere shares his first-hand account of experiences as a young boy helping his father trapping, fishing, and hunting in the Saskatchewan River Delta.
Opimōtēwina wīna kapagamawāt Wītigōwa / Journeys of The One to Strike the Wetigo contains interviews with elders, stories, personal photographs, and poetry, along with some original Swampy Cree translations.
Creating a vivid portrait of what it was like to live off the land, Carriere also reveals how hydro-electric dams and other Western endeavours have impacted the livelihoods of so many Northern communities.


"Wonderful, insightful stories." —Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

"Wow! This is an excellent resource for those engaged in, or interested in, land-based education. It gives a wonderful, engaging account of living on the land in the past and, to some extent, in the present day. It's also a good resource for N-dialect speakers." —Solomon Ratt, author of The Way I Remember and Beginning Cree