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The Little Women’s Lodge kit is an exciting new resource designed to help children learn about traditional parenting roles and responsibilities. At the same time, they are learning Cree language, story, and singing. Darlene Pearl Auger’s four Cree picture books, illustrated by Chloe “Bluebird” Mustooch, are a key component in this exciting new venture.

Mîkiwâhp: The Traditional Tipi tells the story (in Cree and English) of the importance of the Cree tipi in the process of birth, and explores the symbolic meaning of the various elements of the tipi.

Wîpison: The Baby Swing tells how and why the baby swing that soothes and comforts the baby came to be.

Wâspison: The Moss Bag tells about the moss bag that is used to cradle and carry the baby. Big sister Morning Star is a key character in these two stories.

In Nitisîh: My Belly Button, Kîstin, whose name means Whirlwind or Little Tornado, tells the story of her birth, and how the belly button provides a special connection to one’s spirit.


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Author, Darlene Pearl Auger

Author Auger is a Cree woman (Nehiyaw Iskwew) from Wabasca, Alberta. For 20 years she has been learning Cree traditions and teachings from the Elders and Spirit. “I have for a long time been wanting to share them – to give back the knowledge I had gained, as a gift,” she says.

Auger notes that the majority of the school systems were set up to deliver English or French curricula within Canada, and the Indigenous cultures have been left out of this framework.

She is proud to be part of the current shift in education.

Encouraged by a wise mother and a burgeoning supply of art materials, artist Chloe “Bluebird” Mustooch has been making art since she was a child. This encouragement continued in her education culminating at Emily Carr University. “I’ve been working as a First Nations artist and graphic designer ever since,” she says. The Little Women’s Lodge series was her first run at book illustration. “The stories Darlene has written and the teachings within them are very special to me,” she says. “I found myself having this automatic emotional connection upon reading them. That was the best part.”

Additional information

Collection of 4 books

The Traditional Tipi, The Moss Bag, My Belly Button, and, The Baby Swing

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