Muinji’j Becomes a Man

Author: Saqamaw Mi'sel Joe
Genre: Aboriginal Resources, Children, Young Readers
Dimensions: 5.5 × 7.5 × 1 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: May 28, 2003
ISBN: 1-55081-167-3
EAN: 978-1-55081-167-4

Muinji’j has been waiting all his life to make this trip with his grandfather – a trip to the city to sell otter, beaver and muskrat pelts, and bring back supplies to the village. It’s a long expedition that tests Muinji’j’s reserves of strength, patience and maturity.

Just as he thinks he and his niskamij have faced all of their challenges, the worst happens – his naskamij falls ill. Although Muinji’j gathers the medicine his grandfather asks for, it doesn’t help fast enough. Both of them realize that there is only one solution: Muinji’j must continue the journey alone. He must face the challenges and mysteries of a city he has never seen, and return to help his grandfather as well as his village that relies on him.


“A trip for supplies becomes an unexpected challenge of strength and courage in this novel for middle readers. This simple and gentle story by first-time author Mi’sel Joe offers a glimpse of Mi’kmaq life in Newfoundland early in the 20th century. Clara Dunn’s black and white sketches provide a visual sense of the characters and life on the land. With it’s curriculum friendly themes… it’s emphasis on strong values and a humourous encounter, Muinji’j Becomes a Man has appeal for teachers, parents and children alike.” – Quill & Quire

“Young readers will leave this novel wiser in the ways of early 20th-century native life and spiritual values.” – Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail

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