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Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Elementary, Middle

Description

Muskrat Will Be Swimming is a Native American tale about embracing your identity and overcoming your fears of being different. The story tells the tale of a young Native American girl who loves living by the lake in the wilderness. After being teased at school for living by the lake, her grandfather steps in and tells her the Seneca Creation story about Skywoman being assisted by birds and animals.

In the story the muskrat is responsible for bringing up earth in its tiny paws from the deep water. This small clump of earth grows in size as Skywoman walks about on Turtle's Back. This creates Turtle Island now called North America. Her grandfather teaches her the valuable life lesson of embracing her Native American identity and the beauty of the wilderness surrounding her home.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Appropriate for grades two to six. This book is an excellent resource for Native american storytelling, embracing your heritage and overcoming your fears. This makes an excellent source for introducing the topic of teasing, bullying, and stereotypes in the classroom. Integrates well with the social studies curriculum.

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    • Aboriginal Studies
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  • Grade 6
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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Indigenous Knowledge (1)

    • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge