Dog Tracks

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Dog Tracks is a book that crosses genres: it is a tender story and a subtle text about life on a northern Ontario reserve.

Abby is having trouble fitting in at Bear Creek Reserve. When her grandmother falls ill, Abby must leave friends, her supportive grandparents with whom she’s lived most of her life, and her perfect pink bedroom, and adjust to living with her mom. But it’s not only being back with Mom that’s hard—there’s a new father, a pesky half-brother, a schoolroom full of kids who don’t understand her, not to mention a completely different way of life that seems so traditional, so puzzling and complicated.

But, with the help of the reserve’s chief, the gentle teachings of the community Elders, a puppy named Ki-Moot, and her parents’ vision of a sled-dog tourist business, Abby slowly begins to find her rhythm at Bear Creek. All she has to do is follow the dog tracks.

In Dog Tracks, Ruby Slipperjack writes the story of those who return to the reserve and rediscover their culture. The book is both a celebration of Abby’s youthful determination and a series of teachings about Anishinawbe traditions, history, and culture. Dog Tracks is a book that crosses genres: it is a tender story of an uprooted girl who finds home and self, and it is also a subtle text that gives readers a glimpse of traditional and non-traditional life on a northern Ontario reserve.

Ruby Slipperjack is a member of the Eabametoong First Nation and is fluent in her Ojibwe Native language. Her formal education includes a B.A. in History, B.Ed., M.Ed., and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is a tenured, full professor in the Indigenous Learning department at Lakehead University.


Author: Ruby Slipperjack

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2009

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe