Malian's Song

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Vermont Folklife Center, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 30 pages
Young Malian lives contentedly with her parents and extended family in an Abenaki village near Montréal in the mid-eighteenth century. One night, Malian's life changes abruptly. Silently, her father carries her off to the woods, blanket and all, and orders her to run to their tribe's winter camp. Malian obeys, but not before she turns to watch her father slip back to the village through the trees. She never sees him again.

Malian's Song is based on the true story of a deliberate attack by English Major Robert Rogers on Québec's St. Francis Abenaki community in 1759. Malian's account of "Rogers's Raid," passed down through generations of Abenaki oral tradition, reveals that many Abenaki people survived the attack that destroyed their village, in direct contrast to Rogers' journal accounts. Jeanne Brink, a descendant of Malian living in Vermont, told the Vermont Folklife Center the little-known Abenaki version of the brutal attack. In this first Abenaki and English picture book, preeminent Abenaki historian Marge Bruchac and illustrator William Maughan portray Malian's story of a people's strength and fortitude in the face of unspeakable loss.

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Folding Abenaki words and expressions into her narrative, Bruchac (scholar, storyteller and sister of the prolific Joseph) retells a child's experience of the 1759 raid by Rogers' Rangers on the ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

MARGE BRUCHAC, Abenaki, is a traditional storyteller and historical consultant to New England museums. Also a professor of Native American Studies, she holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She has received three awards from the national Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. WILLIAM MAUGHAN is the illustrator of Spirit of Endurance: The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic by Jennifer Armstrong (2000) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron by David Clement-Davies (2002), and is the author of The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head. He lives in Napa, California.