Prompt #1  An Inuit excerpt from When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

My Inuit name was taken and I was to be called Margaret.  All I had left was a beautiful book my sister read me about a girl named Alice.  I hugged it to my chest and tried to be brave like the girl in the story.  

Every day for weeks, we woke very early for chores.  Instead of sitting in desks, we scrubbed the floor beneath them…


Prompt #2  A Métis excerpt from Christmas La Pouchinn by Deborah L. Delaronde

Raymoosh’s parents are first to come/His siblings by their side

As Grandpa’s needs are very great/Raymoosh can help provide

With meal complete and table cleared/Each gift is brought to share

Cherished treasures/made by hand/For everyone who’s there

Fiddles, spoons, and washboards/Start jigging, tapping feet

Clapping hands and voices/Singing songs and keeping beat

The morning brings the sunshine/And visits’round the bay

To other families hosting fun/Each night’till New Year’s Day.