I would like to share a book with you that came into our planning discussion when deciding to include a ‘value-based theme’ to the World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature. Seven Sacred Teachings Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin , a children’s book written by David Bouchard and Dr. Joseph Martin. The story is about values as teachings. Teachings that are shared, valued and practiced by many indigenous peoples. I had been given this book a few years before by Dr. Joseph Martin as a gift in response to value-based language lessons I teach.
In a reply to some questions I had, this morning David Bouchard has replied, “the Seven Sacred Teachings make sense for our children. They are common to our society regardless of age or ethnic background. In August, I was invited to China as the Chinese relate to the Teachings. I came home and flew directly to Paris for the Festival des Ameriques. Again, the Teachings were featured, accepted and shared.”
Seven Sacred Teachings: Authors, David Bouchard & Dr. Joseph Martin, Paintings by Kristy Cameron, Flutes and music by Swampfox