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Children's Nonfiction Values & Virtues

The Corn Chief

by (author) Karen Whetung

photographs by Lindsay Delaronde

Medicine Wheel Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2022
Values & Virtues
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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With the wizened old chief set to step down, young Linny dreams of being chosen as his replacement. As she struggles to pass his test, Linny learns with the help of her family what it really takes to become the most unexpected way. This story is told with the help of traditional cornhusk dolls. Corn dolls protect the home, livestock, and personal wellness of the maker and their family. Cornhusk dolls have been made in some Indigenous cultures since the beginning of corn agriculture more than one thousand years ago, and continue to be made today.

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&nbspKaren Whetung, Anishinaabe and of mixed European ancestry currently lives and works in Victoria, B.C. as an Indigenous Mentor and Storyteller in the local school districts. She believes that through sharing stories we can heal our communities, celebrate our diversity, and create a world where we all belong. | Lindsay Delaronde, an Iroquois/Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, currently lives and works as a professional practicing artist in Victoria, BC. She uses Native and non-Native imagery to introduce new understandings of contemporary Native life, while embracing the beauty and respect she has for her culture.

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