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An Aboriginal Carol by David Bouchard

An Aboriginal Carol

by David Bouchard

Other authors: Susan Aglukark (Translator), Moses Beaver (Illustrator)

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Metis children's author David Bouchard - whose other bilingual picture-books with First Nations content include The Drum Calls Softly (English/Cree), Nokum Is My Teacher (English/Cree), and Long Powwow Nights (English/Mi'kmaq) - teams up here with illustrator Moses Beaver, of the Nibinamik people of northern Ontario, and Inuit musician Susan Aglukark, to produce this beautiful Christmas celebration.

The English text, reworked by Bouchard, is based upon the famous The Huron Carol (Jesous Ahatonhia), written by Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf in 1643, in which the story of the nativity is retold in indigenous idiom - the stable becomes a "lodge of broken bark," the shepherds, hunters. An Inuktitut translation, using the Inuktitut syllabary, is provided by Aglukark, whose narration of the same, together with two musical tracks (the Inuktituk version of the carol), and Bouchard's narration of the English, are included on the accompanying four-track CD.

Although I have read the Iroquois saga of Deganawidah, the Peacemaker, in White Roots of Peace: The Iroquois Book of Life, and am therefore familiar with his story, I was not aware that some people consider him another manifestation of Christ. I'm not sure, all things considered, that Bouchard needed to include that information, in his brief prefatory comments, as he never expands upon it, and the book stands very well on its own. It's fascinating that a carol originally written in Huron, then translated into English, is here presented in English, with Inuktituk translation - from native, to non-native, to native again. ( )
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On the White Ravens' Outstanding New International Books for Children and Young Adults list, 2008

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

Before the angels stars grew dim
And wondering hunters heard their hymn
One mystic flute - one hundred drums
One message clear, "A King has come!"
Not one had ever seen the like
By light of day or moon of night
Before the angels stars grew dim
And wondering hunters heard this hymn. . .

An Aboriginal Carol is the ultimate Aboriginal collaboration: poetry by Metis poet David Bouchard, paintings by First Nations artist Moses Beaver, and the music of Inuit performer Susan Aglukark.

Best-selling Canadian author David Bouchard reworks Canada's oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. The art of Moses Beaver, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario (Nikinamik), resonates and awakens an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand the birth of Christ from an Aboriginal worldview. The pride of the north, Susan Aglukark, interprets, for the first time, the revered carol.

Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada's Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan. An Aboriginal Carol is certain to become a classic.

One of Canada's bestselling and award winning authors, David Bouchard is of Metis descent. The author of over two dozen best-selling books, his If You're Not from the Prairie is on Maclean's list of the top 20 Canadian children's books. David Bouchard was a teacher and a principal for many years before turning to writing. For more information, visit www.davidbouchard.com.

Moses (Amik) Beaver is from the isolated fly-in community of Nibinamik, (Summer Beaver) 500 kilometers north of Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario. While Moses work reflects the black lines of traditional Woodlands art, he embraces his own unique style of embedded images of spirits, human faces and animal forms, transcending physical boundaries to the outer dimensions of the spiritual realm. The images tell stories, represent ancient teachings of his people and remind those who gaze on the work, we are all connected to each other and the natural world. For more information, visit www.mosesbeaver.com.

Singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada's most unique artist's and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktituk and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Unuit of Arctic Canada. She is rapidly becoming known as an uplifting motivational speaker, able to reach both youth and adult audiences alike. For more information, visit www.susanaglukark.com.

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The Huron Carol is Canada's oldest and most loved Christmas carol. It has been interpreted by many artists over the past four hundred years. This is possibly the first collaboration between the three groups that comprise Canada's Aboriginal people: First Nations, M?tis and Inuit.… (more)

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Editions: 0889954062, 0889954135

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