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Stunning picture book “We Dream Medicine Dreams” a gentle exploration of death for children

Stunning picture book “We Dream Medicine Dreams” a gentle exploration of death for children

We Dream Medicine Dreams
by Lisa Boivin

  • A poignant story of the relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter and the lessons he shares with her about connecting with the wisdom of ancestors through dreams.
  • A gentle exploration of death that is appropriate for young readers.
  • Author/illustrator is a healthcare educator and interdisciplinary artist whose work attempts to humanize clinical medicine through image-based storytelling.
Lisa Boivin
HighWater Press
Children’s Picture Book
Grades K-3
$21.95 CAD
Hardcover, 9” x 9”
ISBN: 978-1553799870

From Dene artist and bioethicist Lisa Boivin comes this healing story of hope, dreams and the special bond between grandfather and granddaughter.

When a little girl dreams about a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect with the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou and Wolf all have teachings to share to help us live a good life. But when Grampa gets sick and falls into a coma, the little girl must lean on his teachings as she learns to say goodbye.

Masterful prose and stunning collage weave a gentle story about life and death that will touch the hearts of children and adults alike.

LISA BOIVIN is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a Doctoral Candidate at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Lisa uses images as a pedagogical tool to bridge gaps between medical ethics and aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews. She is writing and collaging an arts-based thesis that addresses the colonial barriers Indigenous patients navigate in the current healthcare system. Lisa strives to humanize clinical medicine as she situates her art in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images.

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MUSKRAT Magazine

MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary. MUSKRAT embraces both rural and urban settings and uses media arts, the Internet, and wireless technology to investigate and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation.

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