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Young Adult Nonfiction Aboriginal & Indigenous


Stories & Language in Stoney Nakoda Country

by (author) Valentina Fox & Trent Fox

Durvile Publications Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jun 2024
Aboriginal & Indigenous, Indigenous Studies, Native American Languages
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2024
    List Price

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This book features the Stoney Nakoda First Nation language in context and in action. The book contains a collection of stories by Trent and Valentina Fox, with each teaching culminating in a learning section. To assist in nuances of the language, the book also includes audio components as web links. The Îethka Stoney Nakoda People are an integral part of the Treaty 7 group of Indigenous Nations in Southern Alberta. Their spoken language is part of the Dakota-Sioux linguistic group.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Trent Fox, Tatâga Thkan Wagichi (Dancing White Buffalo) (1974–2023) Trent Fox, was an esteemed member of the Wesley First Nation, Stoney Nakoda Nation. His academic research inquiry was on the history of the Stoney Nakoda People and development of the Îethka language. A writer and columnist, he authored the books Nakota Community and Watâga Wîyâ Îethkahâ A’s, Â’s, B’s ze yuthpe wîchakiyach Grizzly Bear Woman Teaches the A’s, Â’s & B’s within the Treaty 7 Language Book Series. Valentina Fox, Îyâ Sa Wîyâ (Red Mountain Woman) Valentina Fox is a member of the Wesley First Nation, Stoney Nakoda Nation. A great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother, she is also a counsellor and Elder at Nakoda Elementary School. A former Certified Nursing Assistant (Practical Nurse), she earned her undergraduate degree in First Nations counselling later in life. She is a passionate advocate for the retention of the Îethka language and has contributed to language curriculum development, and recording stories She iis author of Îyâ Sa Wîyâ Wahogû-kiyabi Cha Red Mountain Woman Receives a Teaching within the Treaty 7 Language Book Series.



Excerpt: Iethka: Stories & Language in Stoney Nakoda Country (by (author) Valentina Fox & Trent Fox)


Rely on the Creator.
Don’t let money be your god.
Respect Mother Earth.
Show respect.
Embrace purity and sacredness.
Be gentle in heart and mind.
Show hospitality.
Help others without hesitation. Be obedient.
Keep your mind and heart strong.
Don’t be discouraged.
Don’t let others bring you down.
Keep going.

Editorial Reviews

“Our languages are not lost. But simply resting. Waiting to be reawakened.” —­ TWIN FLAMES, “Human” UNESCO’s song to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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