Books by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias:
Lenore Keeshig-Tobias on Native American Authors
Lenore Keeshig-Tobias was born in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, in 1950. She belongs to the Nation Shippewa. She is a poet, storyteller and writer for children. She is connected to the oral tradition as a storyteller. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her poetry is based on the realities of Indian life and mythological icons and symbols of her people. Some of her published books are: Bineshiinh dibaajmowin / Bird Talk, 1991; Emma and the Trees, 1995; Into the Moon, 1996.
Lenore Keeshig-Tobias - English 12 2014
Lenore Keeshig-Tobias Bird Talk; illus. by Polly Keeshig-Tobias
28 pp. Sister Vision: Black Women and Women of Color Press 1991
Paper edition ISBN 0-13-727264-2 7.00
In this book, the text is printed in English and Ojibway. Polly and her family have moved away from the reserve (as it is called in Canada) to a city where Polly’s mother can go to college. Polly’s mother calls her daughters her little brown birds, hence the title. Polly has had a bad day at school, but doesn’t want to talk about it; eventually, she tells her Mom that it was because the kids wanted to play cowboys and Indians. In the rest of the story, Polly’s mother comforts her by talking about their grandparents and relatives back on the reserve. And then she promises Polly that she will visit her classroom to tell the children about Native Americans.