The Sockeye Mother

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Portage & Main Press, Dec 5, 2017 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.

The Sockeye Mother is the winner of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada book award for books published in 2017, youth books category. The Sockeye Mother is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards, Younger Category, at the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards.

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This book is a mixture of natural and ethnographic lore. In my library, it was shelved with the other fish books, which is correct, as the natural part predominates. The art is arresting, it is ... Read full review

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Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) — Book Launch Thursday Jan 04 2018 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove Launch of The Sockeye Mother (Highwater Press), illustrated by Natasha Donovan ... Read full review

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Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) is from the Gitxsan Nation, of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories.  Brett has worked in the film and television industry, and has volunteered for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and Indigenous Music Manitoba. The Sockeye Mother (winner of The Science Writers and Communicators Book Award) is Brett's first book for children.
Natasha is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia and previously worked in publishing at the University of Victoria. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side anthology and will appear in the forthcoming anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. She has also illustrated a children's book, The Sockeye Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Sky, and their dog, Luna.