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Child of Morning Star

By: Antoine Mountain
Narrated by: Austin Andrews, Julian Hobson, Lorene Shyba
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Publisher's Summary

Child of Morning Star: Embers of an Ancient Dawn is a poetic collection of stories that draws on the author's travels and knowledge as a Dene artist and a lifelong student of history. In it, Antoine Mountain weaves stories about people and art and the moments when our world manages to pause just briefly enough that we can see the roots of our communal humanity. Each part of this book corresponds to the four directions of the Medicine Wheel and offers insight into history, social conditions, community, and the spiritual. Child of Morning Star looks towards the future and the promise of tomorrow.

©2022 Antoine Mountain (P)2022 Durvile Publications Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"I see a special journey that mirrors Antoine’s personal lived experiences. He finds his truth. This journey opens this picture from his earliest engagement with long-time-ago Dene Relatives. He blends this special connection so authentically, along with his story and inserted images which adds poetic color to his picture...a very special view from the top of this Mountain."—Gerald Antoine, Dene National Chief

"A powerful collection of stories, and life lessons honestly told that all assist in telling a story of renewal of hope. While it is the story of a Dene’s personal journey of self discovery, it’s a very human story that all can identify with. Survival and decolonization of Indian Residential School. PTSD, Dene culture and World View, Art, formal Education, Native American Church and \ internal evolution. Well worth the read."—Georges Erasmus, Indigenous leader and spokesperson

"With characteristic grace and generosity, Antoine Mountain gifts readers with a text that is part memoir, part art history lesson, and characterized throughout by an unyielding sense of wonder. A celebrated Dene artist, writer, and intellectual, Antoine shares memories from his life growing up on the land in Sahtu, Great Bear Lake Region (a childhood cut short by residential school), as well as his travels to Florence, Mongolia, and to the American Southwest to learn from his Navajo cousins. What emerges is an exquisite canvas of stories, prayers, paintings, and teachings, with words here to help us heal and endure. This is a treat, an opportunity to sit, in gratitude and companionship, with one of the North’s foremost artists and intellectuals, to follow the brushstroke of his life’s journey and ‘honour the mystery’ that is everywhere around."—Maggie Quirt, Professor of Human Rights & Equity Studies, York University

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