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Meennunyakaa / Blueberry Patch

Meennunyakaa / Blueberry Patch

By Jennifer Leason
Edited by Norman Chartrand
Series: schchechmala children's series
Hardcover : 9781926886589, 32 pages, September 2019

In this dual-language book, the story of how Indigenous people harvested berries and how that tradition continues to this day.


Based in Duck Bay, Manitoba, in the 1940s, an Elder shares his experience of packing up to go out to collect blueberries, a traditional gathering that took place every summer. He describes the journey and landscape with humor and such vivid imagery that readers will see themselves there with him, boarding the trail of wagons from surrounding communities and heading east toward the blueberry patch. The Elder's stories offer a journey back in time and are complemented by images of fields of plump blueberries, tall green grass, bannock baking over an open fire, clear freshwater streams and the tents the people slept in.

Written in English and Anishinaabemowin.


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020


★ “Acutely joyful.”

- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Berry picking with the Salteaux elders.