Excerpt from letter of congratulations from Canadian Archaeological Association
"On behalf of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA), I write to express congratulations on receiving a 2014 Public Communications Award for the book “Pīsim Finds her Miskanow.”
Our Public Awards Committee noted that this visually stunning book involved a large collaborative effort, including First Nation community members, early childhood educators, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, and historians. They appreciated that it seeks to meld two visions and approaches to Cree culture-history through a work of creative fiction designed to bring the many facets of traditional Cree culture alive for Native and non-Native readers alike, both young and old. The committee found this book to represent an extremely unique and creatively engaging manner of presenting archaeological information to the public.
Your accomplishment will be recognized at the CAA annual meeting in London and posted on the CAA web site. "
Leonard Paul, nominated for the Lillian Shepherd Award
In The Chronicle Herald, Saturday, April 5, 2014 issue, the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards shortlist was released in Halifax at the event held at King's College. Mi'kmaq artist, Leonard Paul, of Pictou Landing First Nation, was nominated on the shortlist for the LILLIAN SHEPHERD AWARD for Excellence in Illustration. (Illustrator: Leonard Paul, Pisim Finds Her Miskanow, by William Dumas (Portage and Main Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba). Only 3 illustrators are chosen for the shortlist in Canada.
In all, 27 books, ranging from fiction to books on Atlantic Canadian history, illustrated children's picture books to novels written for teens and young adults, have been nominated for 10 different prizes.
The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 14th to 21st with free literary events. Winners will be announced at an awards show May 21 at the Delta Prince Edward?P.E.I. Convention Centre in Charlottetown.
Mr. Paul will present a talk on his illustration work on the evening of May 14th, from 6:30 - 8:30, at the Mi'kmaq Heritage Centre.
Book illustrator, Leonard Paul, was recently nominated on the Shortlist of the LILLIAN SHEPHED AWARD, is for "Excellence in Illustrator". His work is for PISM FINDS HER MISKANOW, by Portage & Main Press.
Part of my passion for art, my culture and heritage is being able to contribute to books such as this to assist in bringing to life the stories told of First Nations peoples. The book, "PISIM finds her Miskanow" was launched recently in Winnipeg and is now for sale.
Working on publications such as this has also encouraged and inspired me to produce my own book based on the Mi'kmaq legends and heritage. I am working on it now and am excited to have the support of publishers to produce this new work.
I am passionate about my art and excited to be able to share my work, thoughts and activities directly with you through this site.