When low-level flying by NATO jets upsets their way of life, Nanass, a young Innu girl, is eager to join her father and the other members of her Sheshatshiu community in protest. Then her father and other protesters are arrested. Nanass has little to comfort her, except her father's well-worn ball cap and the promise of the land itself that the Innu people will one day triumph. Bob Bartel participated in the efforts to stop those NATO flights; he learned Nanass's story from her aunt, and has Nanass?s permission to tell it. Bartel portrays with both power and subtlety the struggle as seen from a child?s perspective. Illustrations by acclaimed Innu artist Mary Ann Penashue capture the gentle relationship between Nanass and her family, and highlight the beauty and dignity of her people's culture. Nutaui's Cap has been translated into two dialects of Innu-aimun, which appear alongside the English; it includes an extensive glossary, map, and backgrounder to tell more of the Innu?s story. This book is a co-publication by Mamu Tshishkutamashutau Innu Education and Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides.
Bob Bartel served as regional coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee in Happy Valley, Labrador from 1986-89?a life-changing experience. During that time, he supported the Innu struggle against NATO supersonic flight training. Bob now lives, writes, and gardens in Saskatoon, SK.
Mary Ann Penashue
Innu artist Mary Ann Penashue was born in Birch Island, near Goose Bay, NL, and raised by her grandparents in Mud Lake. Her art has been celebrated for its combination of modern technique and colour to portray traditional Innu cultural images. She lives in Sheshatshiu with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Nutaui?s Cap is her first illustrated children?s book.
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