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Book: The Coming - Legends of Canada First Nations (The Adventures of Gluskabe Book 1) by Kamon Therrien

Book: The Coming - Legends of Canada First Nations (The Adventures of Gluskabe Book 1) by Kamon Therrien

categories: Book, Native Legends, Abenakis Legends, Children's Book, Wabenakis Legends, Picture Book, Gluskabe

Kamon Therrien

Author Kamon Therrienabout this book: Ancient civilizations around the globe created myths and legends to explain mysteries that surrounded them. The first inhabitants of the Turtle Island, name formerly given to North America, were also people rich in legends. One of these famous legends is Gluskabe, the brave and amazing hero of the Wabanaki tribes, introduced to the public in the 80s by Joseph Bruchac, a well-known American author of Abenaki nationality.

The Wabanaki Confederacy comprises five Amerindian tribes: the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot. "Waban" translated means east or dawn and "aki" means land. Therefore, Wabanaki translated means "People of the First Light" or "Dawnland". These five tribes share the Algonquin language and an incredible treasure chest of legends.

In 1783, the Treaty of Paris, an agreement between the British Empire and the European settlers of the United States, set the boundary between Canada and the United States. This boundary didn't exist for the First Nations, the indigenous tribes of the region. From the eastern provinces of Canada through Quebec down to Maine in the United States were the lands and rivers of the Wabanaki people.

I was born in Nicolet, and I remember well my father taking us to visit my great uncle, George Gauthier, my grandmother's brother, who lived on the Abenaki reserve of Odanak.

My father, Guy Therrien, was a great hunter and trapper, but he wasn't proud of his roots. At primary school, these same roots meant that he was treated as "savage".

I am writing this series because Gluskabe's legends resonate deep within my soul. Like many Abenakis descents, I did not even know who Gluskabe was. I learned it last summer going back to the village of Odanak. I wanted to write and illustrate some Abenakis legends; there are not too many legends done as children's picture books.

Talking to elders in the village, I learned about Gluskabe, it was love at first site! The coming is book one, I am already half way with book two…

I do hope you enjoy reading his adventures as much as I have fun writing and drawing them.

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