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Nutaui's Cap (ebook)

Nutaui's Cap (ebook)

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When low-level flying by NATO jets upsets their way of life, Nanass, a young Innu girl, is eager to join her father and the other members of her Sheshatshiu community in protest. Then her father and other protesters are arrested.

Nanass has little to comfort her, except her father’s well-worn ball cap and the promise of the land itself that the Innu people will one day triumph.

Bob Bartel participated in the efforts to stop those NATO flights; he learned Nanass’s story from her aunt, and has Nanass’s permission to tell it. Bartel portrays with both power and subtlety the struggle as seen from a child’s perspective. Illustrations by acclaimed Innu artist Mary Ann Penashue capture the gentle relationship between Nanass and her family, and highlight the beauty and dignity of her people’s culture. 

Nutaui’s Cap has been translated into two dialects of Innu-aimun, which appear alongside the English; it includes an extensive glossary, map, and backgrounder to tell more of the Innu’s story.

This book is a co-publication by  Mamu Tshishkutamashutau Innu Education  and Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides.

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Bob Bartel was raised in the small town of Waldheim, Saskatchewan. He and his family volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)  a global relief, development, and justice organization – in Jamaica and Labrador. These experiences were life-changing.

From 1986-89, Bob resided in Happy Valley, Labrador as regional coordinator for MCC. Happy Valley, the adjoining NATO air force base of Goose Bay, and the nearby Innu community of Sheshatshiu formed a diverse and uneasy trio of cultural outposts on Canada's remote eastern coast. All are part of Nitassinan, the traditional homeland and unceded territory of the Innu people.

While in Happy Valley, Bob and his family supported the Innu struggle against the destructive effects of NATO supersonic flight training. There are many personal stories associated with this historic time of protest, but perhaps none are as poignant as that of the young Innu girl Nanass' response to her father's arrest. Bob and his family remain forever indebted to the Innu for their friendship, trust, and teachings about life under Canadian colonization.

Bob now lives, writes, and gardens in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his wife Dorothy.

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