Wilfred Buck: tipiskâwi kîsik / Night Sky Stories

Congratulations to Wilfred Buck and to MFNERC on the publication of his new collection of Night Sky Stories. I tried to pick up a copy at the recent Lighting the Fire Conference in Winnipeg, but all that was left by the time I got there was a sign that said, “Sold Out!”

The book launch is scheduled for McNally Robinson in Winnipeg on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 7:00 pm. I hope they went with a much bigger second print run – this looks like a potential best-seller!

Here’s what MFNERC has to say about it:
Wilfred Buck to launch Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories (Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre) featuring special guest Rosanna Deerchild.

This event is free and open to the public.

Like the night sky above, Tipiskawi Kisik holds a myriad of tales rooted in an Ininew (Cree) perspective. An exploration of stars and constellations—and their associated mythologies—will greet you with age-old knowledge held by Indigenous people prior to European contact. Through Wilfred Buck’s creative, spiritual, and intelligent understanding of the stars, it will be easy to imagine yourself flying inside the Milky Way with Niska (the Goose) or chasing Mista Muskwa (the Great Bear), just like Tepakoop Pinesisuk (the Seven Birds). Above all, these stories can be passed on to the next generation, so they will know of the rich history, science practices, and culture of the Ininew people.

Wilfred Buck is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation of northern Manitoba and currently works for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre as a science facilitator. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator and expands on MFNERC’s vision to bring a First Nations perspective to the sciences by doing what he is most passionate about—looking up at and thinking through the stars. Through his research, which centres on Ininew star stories, Buck has found a host of information to interpret, analyze, and identify. What do these Ininew stories say about the stars? This is a question that drives and informs his star journey.


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