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About Rabbit and Bear Paws:
Rabbit and Bear Paws are heroes that were created to share humorous adventures based on traditional teachings. This allows the writers to carry on the teachings to youth who wish to explore their roots, while helping to share the wisdom of Aboriginal communities with a universal audience. The Anishinabek were the middle-men of the fur trading era. So the Anishinabek would have traveled and traded with other nations the same goods that they traded with the French and the English. The idea is to have the family – Rabbit, Bear Paws, Clover Blossom and Grey Stone – visit other communities sharing with the audiences how native peoples worked out their differences peacefully when challenges arose. At the same time, the stories show how we all learn from each other and help each other, including the new neighbours (Europeans).
Rabbit and Bear Paws are rapidly gaining enthusiastic fans for their vibrant and entertaining images of native traditions and oral history and have been endorsed Patrick Madahbee, Grand Council Chief of the 39 communities of the Anishinabek Nation verifying that Rabbit and Bear Paws is “an informative and entertaining way for North Americans of all ages to learn more about First Nations history, cultures and traditions.” By educating young people, Rabbit and Bear Paws are creating a community "renewal."
Rabbit and Bear Paws is for the young and the young at heart. This series is set in 1750’s colonized North America and features the comical adventures of two brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. Using traditional native teachings and humour, the stories are based on the seven fire prophecies and the seven grandfathers.
The characters are mischievous and the audience learns enjoyable life lessons from their numerous pranks and mistakes while also appreciating the unity of Native communities and how they related to one another peacefully. Instantly recognizable and fun character art draws the reader and/or viewer smoothly into the colourful stories.
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