Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Secret of Your Name (Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen)

The Secret of Your Name (Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen)
By David Bouchard
Reviewed by Martha Beach
Published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Through story and spectacular art and music, this book is a moving tribute to a group of people who have lost so much. The Secret of Your Name is a call to the people of Canada to remember and help others to regain a solid cultural identity.

In this beautifully illustrated book, the author explores what it means to be Métis. He tells the story of his own identity and that of many other Métis people. The book strongly stresses the need to uphold cultural traditions and takes a look at the meaning and identity of the Métis in Canada.

The book includes a double narrative- one written in English or French, and one written in Michif, the language of the Métis people. The text also comes with a CD of traditional Métis music: John Arcand's “Master of the Fiddle.”

The book may be a picture book, but it's definitely a book for all ages. It's a story for anyone who wants to learn about one of Canada's unique cultures.

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