Native Northwest releases children’s rights board book, Learning My Rights with Mousewoman by Tsm’syen (Tsimshian) artist and author, Morgan Asoyuf.
The tiny but mighty Mousewoman is a legendary figure in the oral and visual practices of Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures. Mousewoman sits on young people’s shoulders in crucial times, whispering advice and knowledge. She protects and guides children and helps them avoid or escape bad situations and is never afraid to stand up to bigger beings.
This board book brings to life the timeless lessons of Mousewoman—lessons that embody the principles outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A first of its kind, this book empowers children to become proudly aware of their rights.
CanLit for LittleCanadians review writes, “Morgan Asoyuf ensures that Indigenous children are more than acknowledged; they are seen and heard. All children will benefit from an understanding of their rights, but Indigenous children will be given words and meaningful illustrations to connect those messages in Learning My Rights with Mousewoman.”
Originally from Prince Rupert, Morgan has apprenticed with artists such as Richard Adkins (Haida), Henry Green (Tsm’syen), and attended Vancouver Metal Art School. She brings forward a range of techniques – including jewellery, carving, and painting – to visually tell the stories of her ancestors. Morgan’s art is featured in several exhibitions and galleries, including the Bill Reid Gallery. The heart design on the front cover of Learning My Rights with Mousewoman is also featured on Native Northwest’s orange shirt that ties together the principles that Every Child Matters and that all children have rights.
With more than 25 published books, Native Northwest is a leader in Indigenous educational and connecting youth with Indigenous cultures. 100% of the art featured on Native Northwest products is designed by Indigenous artists.
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