This innovative picture book introduces readers to the concept of Etuaptmumk—or Two-Eyed Seeing, the gift of multiple perspectives in the Mi’kmaw language—as we follow a group of young children connecting to nature as their teacher.
A poetic, joyful celebration of the Lands and Waters as spring unfolds: we watch for Robin's return, listen for Frog's croaking, and wonder at maple tree's gift of sap. Grounded in Etuaptmumk, also known as Two-Eyed Seeing—which braids together the strengths of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing—and the Mi’kmaq concept of Netukulimk—meaning to protect Mother Earth for the ancestors, present, and future generations—Walking Together nurtures respectful, reciprocal, responsible relationships with the Land and Water, plant-life, animals and other-than-human beings for the benefit of all.
About the authors
ELDER DR. ALBERT D. MARSHALL is from the Moose Clan of the Mi'kmaw Nation, Eskasoni First Nation in Unama'ki-Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A fluent speaker of Mi'kmaw, he has brought forth the concept of Etuaptmumk / Two-Eyed Seeing which honors the strengths of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing for the benefit of all.
LOUISE ZIMANYI is a mother, professor, researcher, sea turtle lover. In her work in early childhood care and development, she is grateful to be able to be in nature every day, co-learning with and from the land and wise teachers. Though Louise lives in Toronto, she has a travelling heart.
EMILY KEWAGESHIG is an Anishnaabe artist and visual storyteller whose work captures the interconnection of life forms using both traditional and contemporary materials and methods. She creates artwork that highlights Indigenous knowledge and culture. Emily is from Saugeen First Nation in Ontario, Canada.
“A moving read to instill love and respect for the natural world.”
Kirkus Reviews, 04/25/23
“A gentle and beautiful exploration of how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can see the world through two eyes—from two perspectives—which leads to an understanding that we are all connected and that we need each other to be strong.”
Canadian Teacher, Spring/23
“This important, gorgeous book has something for readers of all ages.”
Booklist, *starred review, 05/01/23
“A beautiful celebration of Indigenous knowledge and the importance of respecting the land. . . . This is a great educational resource for elementary collections, and could serve as a powerful conversation starter for classroom discussions on the environment.”
School Library Journal, 05/26/23
“A lovely book to add to home, public or school collections.”
Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/23