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Stone: One of the books from the series

7 GENERATIONS SERIES

by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
for grades 9–12

7 Generations* is an epic, 4-book graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.

Stone
Introduces Edwin who learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man.

Scars
The story of the orphan White Cloud, set against the smallpox epidemic of 1870-1871.

Ends/Begins
The story of Edwin’s father, and the residential school saga.

The Pact
A story of redemption, as Edwin and his father reconcile their past and begin a new journey.

The stories that run through 7 Generations explore the following historical concepts of the Plains Cree culture:

  • social customs, including family life, marriage, and subsistence
  • political structures
  • traditional games
  • spiritual practices and rituals
  • conflict

BUY AT AMAZON: David Robertson books available

Great ideas for using the series in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for 7 Generations Series. A FREE copy of the guide is available for downloading. Click here.

A correlation chart for the Ontario Native Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12  is available for downloading. Click Here

A correlation chart for the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for Grades 9–12 is available for downloading. Click Here

*Please note content may be disturbing to some readers.

 

Dr. Stelomethet Ethel B Gardner


 

Coast Salish Woman with the Gift of Language Revitalization

Here are some articles and information on Dr. Gardner as additional information for our EDEL 412 class, in addition to the two articles of Dr. Gardner’s we are reading.

U of A Academic Staff ~ I recommend reading and watching a video of her.

She is currently employed at the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor within the Elementary Education Department.  She has done extensive work all across Canada.  Dr. Gardner’s primary research interests are aboriginal education, aboriginal

language and literacy, indigenous language revitalization, indigenous languages and techn

ology.  I am sure I will underrepresent Dr. Gardner in this post as I have only had a glimpse of her work and presence for one semester in 2010.  For this I apologize but look forward to reading more of her works and getting to know her better.

Other related websites or articles:

Without Our Language We Will Cease to Exist As People

High Tech Saves Ancient Language (Simon Frazer University)

Preserving the Ojibwe Langauge

Lakehead University Annual Report 2008-09

Other links:

Elementary Education YouTube

 

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