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Four Faces of the Moon
On a journey to uncover her family's story, Spotted Fawn travels through time and space to reclaim connection to ancestors, language, and the land in this essential graphic novel. In the dreamworld,...
On a journey to uncover her family's story, Spotted Fawn travels through time and space to reclaim connection to ancestors, language, and the land in this essential graphic novel. In the dreamworld,...
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  • On a journey to uncover her family's story, Spotted Fawn travels through time and space to reclaim connection to ancestors, language, and the land in this essential graphic novel.  

    In the dreamworld, she bears witness to a mountain of buffalo skulls, a ghostly monument to the slaughter of the buffalo—a key tactic to starve and contain the Indigenous People onto reservations.

    Spotted Fawn must travel through her own family history to confront the harsh realities of the past and reignite her connection to her people and the land. Her darkroom becomes a portal, allowing her glimpses into the lives of her relatives. Guided by her ancestors, Spotted Fawn's travels through the past allow her to come into full face—like the moon itself.

    Adapted from the acclaimed stop-motion animated film of the same name, also by Strong, Four Faces of the Moon brings the history of the Michif, Cree, Nakoda, and Anishinaabe Peoples alive on the page.

    Backmatter by Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette (Michif), an associate professor of Native Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, provides information on Michif culture and history.

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  • Amanda Strong is a Michif filmmaker, illustrator, media artist, and stop-motion director, as well as the founder of Spotted Fawn Productions, an Indigenous-led production studio that provides mentorship and training opportunities for emerging and diverse artists. She is based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2021

    Gr 7 Up-In this adaptation of Strong's (Michif) stop-motion animated film, Gidagaakoons ("Spotted Fawn") meets her grandmother and other ancestors in a dreamlike landscape. Spotted Fawn is a photographer, and through her lens readers learn more about her M�tis, Cree, Nakoda, and Anishinaabe backgrounds. The story retells the extermination of the buffalo between the 1860s and 1880s by the U.S. government and the devastating effects on Indigenous livelihood and land. This graphic novel deftly conveys the generational trauma endured by Spotted Fawn's family and their ultimate survival. The artwork is moving and intense, with deep shades of blue dominating. An afterword includes information on Michif culture and history from Dr. Sherry Farrell-Racette (Michif), an associate professor of Native studies and women's and gender studies at the University of Manitoba. Overall, the graphic novel effectively portrays how Indigenous youth can reconnect to their ancestors through art, language, and cultural knowledge. VERDICT A great supplement to the animated film, although readers need not be familiar with the movie to appreciate this book. A solid addition to library shelves.-Danielle Burbank, San Juan Coll., Farmington, NM

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • CM Reviews, 03/05/21

    "Worthwhile . . . and offers interesting perspectives on the search for Indigenous identity." 

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