We Are Water Protectors
This books is beautiful in every sense of the word. It touches on so many aspects of teaching social justice- identity, diversity, justice and action. The back of the book is a good place to start for Educators to read more about the events at Standing Rock and the history and culture that influences the Water Protectors.
This books is a meaningful way to humanize study about water, biology, the environment, etc. Also, the beautiful illustrations inspire watercolor art activities. Use this book as a starting point to building relationships and learning from Tribal Nations in your area. Study the ways Indigenous peoples' beliefs are connected to environmental stewardship and inspire your students with strategies for activism.
Social Justice Activities:
Author's Purpose: The author shares that, "Water is Sacred" and outlines her beliefs.
Figurative Language: There are metaphors & similes throughout the book. The Black Snake in the book is a metaphor for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Science connections: This text can be used to humanize science instruction about environmental subjects, particularly water.
- Narrative Non-Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Indigenous
- Author's stated heritage: Anishinabe/Metis and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians
- Subject Integration: Art (watercolor), Science, Math, Science