7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga
Written by David Alexander Robertson and Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Published in 2012 by Highwater Press.
7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is a graphic novel series divided into 4 separate books: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact. Each book weaves together two distinct plotlines, the past and the present, to explore one Plain’s Cree family’s history over 3 centuries and 7 generations.
As the series opens, we meet Edwin and learn of his recent suicide attempt. In the hospital, his mother begins to tell him the story of his family’s history as a way of helping Edwin understand that “Our past has shaped us all. You, me…all of us.” Stories of past and present become interwoven across all 4 books as Edwin learns of his family’s history and begins his journey toward healing.
Introducing the Author and Illustrator:
Visit David A. Robertson’s bio page.
Learning More About the Book:
Watch the book trailer for 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga.
Watch this interview with David Robertson about the process of creating the series.
Explore the Teacher’s Guide for the series.
Developing Background Knowledge:
Educators who would like to know more about residential schools in Canada can start with these sources.