Finished January 30
The Thundermaker written and illustrated by Alan Syliboy
This picture book draws on the indigenous Mi'kmaw petroglyph tradition. It tells the story of Little Thunder as he grows up with his mother Giju and his father Big Thunder, learning the traditions of his people, their relationship to animals, plants, and the larger world. Little Thunder gradually learns his craft from Big Thunder until he is ready to go to the sacred mountain and become the Thundermaker. There, he must complete a task that is important to his people, create Kluskap, the teacher, from a mound of clay by throwing thunderbolts in a very specific way.
This is a story drawing from legend and culture, but written for young children. It is a good addition to our country's works.