Tapwe and the Magic Hat

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Tapwe and the Magic Hat

Buffy Sainte-Marie


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  • Written by an Indigenous icon: Cree singer-songwriterBuffy Sainte-Marie has been writing and performing her music for decades. She was the first Indigenous person to win an Academy Award (for an original song), the first person to breastfeed on TV (on her recurring role on Sesame Street) and is widely recognized for her activism on Indigenous rights and her powerful folk ballads.
  • Based on Cree storytelling traditions: kids follow Tâpwê as he navigates tricksters, takes part in a powwow, and delights in his Magic Hat. 
  • Indigenous voice: Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, who is Cree; the book is dedicated to the Piapot and Obey families of Piapot Reserve. 
  • Award-winning illustrator: Michelle Alynn Clement’s stunning illustrations bring Tâpwê’s world to life.


Buffy Sainte-Marie:

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a world-renowned and Academy Award-winning Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, and visual artist. Her picture books for kids include Hey LIttle Rockabye, illustrated by Ben Hodson, and (forthcoming) Still This Love Goes On And On, illustrated by Julie Flett. 

Michelle Alynn Clement is an award-winning book designer and illustrator from Vancouver, BC.