Journal of a Travelling Girl
Nadine Neema, illustrations by Archie Beaverho
The moving story of a young girl’s life-changing journey to self-discovery and respect for tradition in a remote northern community.
Eleven-year-old Jules has lived in the tiny northern community of Wekweètì since she was little. Although the community has always welcomed her, Jules still feels disconnected from the traditions and ancestral roots of the local culture. When she is invited on a canoe trip, Jules has no idea that the journey will change her life. Along the way, she faces her fears, learns to survive in the wilderness, and realizes the wisdom of traditional stories.
Inspired by true events, this book will appeal to both Indigenous and non- Indigenous children for its relatable themes of family, loss, growing up, and the struggle to connect with tradition and culture.
“Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern classroom. There is so much to learn here, and there is so much to celebrate.”
—Richard Van Camp, Tłįcho author of The Lesser Blessed and Moccasin Square Gardens
“[Neema] gives a modern look at an ancient tradition of going to the barren lands by canoe, harvesting, and engaging in our way of life. We welcome this story. It helps document and preserve our oral history and way of life to be shared with future generations.”
—from the foreword by Joseph Judas, former Chief of Wekweètì
Celebrating 15 years of tłįcho Self-Government, 2005-2020, and 100 years since the signing of Treaty 11, the last of the numbered Treaties between the Canadian Government and First Nations, 1921-2021
Nadine Neema began working in Wekweètì, Northwest Territories, in 1999, first as a community manager, then assisting with land claims negotiations under Chief Negotiator John B. Zoe. Since then, she has maintained a strong bond with the community through workshops, photography projects, and canoe trips. Born of Egyptian and Lebanese descent, Neema lives in Montreal. She works as a songwriter and multidisciplinary artist and pursues her passion for gardening.
Archie Beaverho is an accomplished painter, illustrator, and cartoonist whose understanding of his Tłįcho Dene culture is reflected in his work. He creates paintings of spiritual activities of his people, like drum dancing, hand games, and hunting He lives in Behchokò, Northwest Territories.