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The Whale Child

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Virtual Author Visit with Chenoa and Keith Egawa, Lummi Authors ofThe Whale Child

A recording of the event will be available here soon.

Hosted by SPS’s Native American Education Program, Seattle Public Schools students across the district and their teachers attended a virtual author visit with Lummi authors/illustrators Keith and Chenoa Egawa, who shared their inspiration for writing The Whale Child, read aloud a few chapters, sang, and answered students' questions.

The Whale Child (2020) is a Coast Salish inspired story introducing readers ages 7-12 to environmentalism with a message of hope, education, and action. Book trailer:

About the Authors

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Keith and Chenoa Egawa are siblings who co-wrote and illustratedThe Whale Child (2020) andTani's Search for the Heart (2013). They are both enrolled members of the Lummi Indian Nation.

Keith is a writer, storyteller and artist, and he graduated from the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Program. He writes stories for both children and adults, and although he mainly writes fiction, his stories focus largely on current issues such as protecting the environment and overcoming the difficulties and challenges we face in life as human beings.

Chenoa is a ceremonial leader, singer, artist, storyteller, and environmental activist dedicated to bringing healing to our Mother Earth and to people of all origins. One of her main teachings today is the importance of preserving and sharing ancestral wisdom and perspectives that benefit the health, well-being and protection of all life.