Last year we had the privilege of working with the First Nations people in the north beyond where the roads go. It was a unique experience, one that we will always remember. We learned to love the people. We began to understand their traditions and enjoy them. But our time there was a time of discovery in another way as well.

In his book, Already Gone, Ken Ham writes about a generation in the USA that has been lost. The First Nations people of Northern Canada have a similar problem even though their circumstances are very different.

The way of life on the Northern Reserve is a world away from the life of the average American. From the time they are born native children have a huge family of relatives living all around them, Everyone is a friend, everyone gives lots of love, and everyone believes in a creator God. Whether they live for God or not, everyone around them believe in, and respect the God of creation.

In the schools, whether Christian or Public, the theory of evolution is not an issue. It makes no sense to these people who live close to nature. It was an easy thing for the first missionaries traveling to these northern tribes to introduce them to the God of the universe. They already knew He existed. They just never knew His name.

It was much harder to get them to turn to Christ and away from sin, but many did. Many of them experience genuine salvation. Some of the strongest church leaders were converts of those early missionaries.

But those leaders are dying out. Where is the younger generation that should be taking their place? They are drinking and on drugs; they are having babies and letting their parents raise them, they are dropping out of school, joining gangs, and they are committing suicide one after the other.

But why? These children were given love like nowhere else I have ever seen. It is so ingrained into their culture to treat their children as precious, that every man or woman, whether Christian or not, fears the wrath of God if they should in any way harm a little child.

I am going to end this blog at this point, and throw it open to comments.

The next blog may have more answers.

If you want to see some scenes from the north country I am posting a few that depict their life and culture.

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Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 9:54pm
I am still praying about it.
Comment by Kimberly Guthrie on April 2, 2010 at 9:44pm
Yeah! But only if you feel that is where God is leading. (:
Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 9:12pm
It can be difficult for a white person to gain acceptance on a reserve. It is a great honor if they do accept you. Even if they knew you were part Cherokee that is not the same as being part of their reserve.
Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 9:07pm
Thanks for all the encouragement. I guess I should just get going on it and see what happens.
Comment by Kimberly Guthrie on April 2, 2010 at 7:35pm
Hi Carol!

I don't know if they are doing juvenile fiction. My book is not fiction. It does have some fictional characters though. I know that some of the children's books I see in the catalog contain some fiction. I think your books sound fantastic! Go for it! I think it would be worth the submission. All they can say is yes, no, or not at this time. I think if it is creation oriented it would fit the bill. Who knows. My mom says, "You never know till you try!" (I'm not that young, but still treasure my mom's wisdom!)

And - New Leaf Press is certainly a WONDERFUL company to work with. They have been very supportive, kind, encouraging and helpful! I admire them even more now that I have had a peek into how they operate!

And yes, life on the rez is definitely different! I experienced some discrimination - even though I am part Cherokee, they did not know me. However, my friend introduced me to her friends who were so open and kind to me. I think people get that way when they have been hurt by other people and are afraid to let someone in.
Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 12:04pm
Life really is different on a Northern Reserve,and yet there is a connection that you can follow between all the "Indian" tribes. I am fascinated by the history of the First Nations people, and am trying to find out all I can. I'm hoping to do a kids historical adventure series some day soon, but I want it to start at Babel and I need to do a lot of research first.
I initially hoped to submit a proposal to New Leaf Press, but then I saw that they didn't do children's fiction. Has this changed. I see that they now have one adult fiction. Are they taking children's fiction too? If I do the series, New Leaf would be a perfect fit.
Comment by Kimberly Guthrie on April 2, 2010 at 10:56am
Cool! I'm somewhat familiar w history of Ojibwa - went to grad school in Illinois - where some of them had lived.

I lived and worked near the Colville Reservation in Washington State. I lived just steps away from the reservation. One of the main characters in my book is based around my Colville friend there. I love the area. It was an interesting culture. Life is totally different there than it is down here in the South. I love it and miss the land and the people!

Once I went to a book release event about the Nez Perce people. There were lots of Nez Perce there! Umm - they sort of liked the book I think, but they were upset that the author had forgotten there were two divisions of Nez Perce - those on the rez and not. It was an interesting time!

I love Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. He is one of my heroes! "I will fight no more forever." (Think I got that quote right.)
Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 10:43am
They were Oji-Cree. Their language was a blend of Ojibwa and Cree. Many of the grandmas didn't speak any English, and yet some of them raised kids who couldn't speak Oji-Cree. Try and figure that one out. Teaching those children in school was fun but challenging.
Comment by Kimberly Guthrie on April 2, 2010 at 10:22am
What band or tribe did you work with?
Comment by Carol Flett on April 2, 2010 at 7:55am
They are wonderful people, especially the children.

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