|The Secret Mountain
|September 1st 2023
Once upon a magical time, a young rabbit named Weeskits hurried home to Kisoos?a town known as the Earth's belly button?to deliver some thrilling news. Salamoo Cook, the Grand Chief of all rabbits in the world, was on his way to announce a mysterious contest. The prize? A year's supply of all-healing waaskee-choos juice fresh from spruce cones that have just fallen. Would Weeskits be able to help his brother Keegach win the juice to rid his wife of the dreadful manchoos? From Tomson Highway, acclaimed author and playwright, best known for his plays "The Rez Sisters" and "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing" and most recently his award-winning memoir, "Permanent Astonishment." Grand Chief Salamoo Comes to Town! is a laugh-out-loud riot of a tale, interspersed with eight jazzy songs performed in Cree. This musical picture book includes a QR code to access the narrated story and songs online and a glossary of Cree words used throughout the tale.
Tomson Highway is a Cree author, playwright, and musician. He is one of the most prominent and influential Indigenous writers in Canada. His memoir, Permanent Astonishment, won the 2021 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. He also wrote the plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and the bestselling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. He was recognized with the Order of Canada in 1994 and received an Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards in 2022.