Four faces of the moon

Amanda Strong, 1984-

Book - 2021

"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--creating a path forward in this essential graphic novel. In the dreamworld she bears witness to a mountain of buffalo skulls. They stand as a ghostly monument to the slaughter of the Plains bison to near extinction-- a key tactic to starve and contain the Indigenous People onto reservations. On this path, Spotted Fawn knows she 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, and her photographs allow her glimpses into the lives of her relatives over the course of four chapters of this book, which follow the phases of the moon. Time and space become unlocked and unfurl in front of her eyes. 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, written and directed by Amanda Strong, Four Faces of the Moon brings the oral and written history of the Michif, Cree, Nakoda and Anishinaabe Peoples and their cultural link to the buffalo alive on the page. Deeply resonant and beautifully rendered, this graphic novel retelling is essential reading. 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 and the injustices of colonialism."--

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Genres
Young adult fiction
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novel adaptations
Published
Toronto ; Berkeley : Annick Press [2021]
Language
English
Item Description
Adapted from the stop-motion animated film of the same name, written and directed by Amanda Strong.
Physical Description
202 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
1773214543
9781773214542
9781773214535
1773214535
Main Author
Amanda Strong, 1984- (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 Métis, 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Adapted from the acclaimed stop-motion animated film of the same name, this graphic novel follows Spotted Fawn as she travels through her own family history to reignite her connection to her people and the land. Simultaneous. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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—creating a path forward in this essential graphic novel.  In the dreamworld she bears witness to a mountain of buffalo skulls. They stand as a ghostly monument to the slaughter of the Plains bison to near extinction-- a key tactic to starve and contain the Indigenous People onto reservations. On this path, Spotted Fawn knows she 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, and her photographs allow her glimpses into the lives of her relatives over the course of four chapters of this book, which follow the phases of the moon. Time and space become unlocked and unfurl in front of her eyes. 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, written and directed by Amanda Strong, Four Faces of the Moon brings the oral and written history of the Michif, Cree, Nakoda and Anishinaabe Peoples and their cultural link to the buffalo alive on the page. Deeply resonant and beautifully rendered, this graphic novel retelling is essential reading. 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 and the injustices of colonialism.