Owls See Clearly at Night / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak Lii Swer : A Michif Alphabet/ L'alfabet di Michif (Hardcover)

Author: Flett, Julie

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This picture book is a small glimpse, from A to Z, of some of the sights and sounds of the Michif language and its speakers. The language of the Metis, Michif is a combination of French and Cree with a trace of other regional languages. Once spoken by thousands of people across the prairies of Canada and the northern United States, Michif is now so little spoken that it might disappear within a generation. This alphabet book is part of a resurgence to celebrate and preserve the traditions of the Metis people. Here Michif and English words combine with images from Metis culture to introduce all generations to the unique Michif language. The book even includes a brief introduction to the language''s history, a pronunciation guide, and a list of references for those interested in learning more about Michif.

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Publisher Ingram Pub Services
Mfg Part# 9781897476284
SKU 212488473
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1897476280
Release Date 9/7/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 8.25L x 0.5T
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Annotation This alphabet picture book dedicated to helping preserve the Michif language of the Metis, who live in the Canadian prairies, is filled with gorgeous artwork. At one time, thousands of people spoke this combination of French and Cree, but now only maybe 1,000 people are fluent. Showcasing each of the 24 letters in the alphabet with words relating to nature and the lives of the Metis, words in both Michif and English accompany illustrations that include bears, wolves, dancing, and so much more.
Editors Note An alphabet book introduction to Michif, the endangered language of the Métis people, which presents Michif and English words combined with images from Métis culture to introduce new generations to the unique traditions of and language once spoken by thousands of people who lived across the Canadian and northern United States prairies.

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