William and his wife, Margaret, have had careers in education that've spanned 30 years in communities in Manitoba and Ontario. For William, education and storytelling go hand in hand: “I started using Cree stories to teach. They are a way to keep my language and culture alive. Only people older than I speak fluent Cree. People younger, speak Cree/English. Of those in their teens, few speak Cree.”

William’s language comes alive when he tells a story: “That’s how I can pass on information to English speaking people – native and non-native – no matter how old or young they are. Many stories are about teachings of life, many are humorous. Storytelling also keeps the history, the genealogy of my people alive.”

Recently, William’s first book, Pisim Finds Her Miskanow, was published and has since won numerous awards. “With a book you can tell a wider story. Everything in it is based on fact and research by me and many other talented people. It is a wonderful story of a young woman’s journey in life that can be enjoyed by children and adults.”

William has been an educator and storyteller for more than 35 years. “I believe in sharing my culture and my language, which is beautiful. This book is a way of leaving something behind for all people.”


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William Dumas
Cree, South Indian Lake
Image size: 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 175