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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-915595-4
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-915596-1
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Keywords
    • Ojibway oral story,
    • Fairford First Nation,
    • life lessons,
    • greed,
    • trickster,
    • good versus evil,
    • Indigenous story

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The Story of Chissa
by Warren Spence

When Chissa’s grandmother sends him into town to sell the leather she’s made from cow hide, he uses the money to buy himself a fancy kettle, a bullwhip and a harmonica. Chissa’s newfound wealth is the talk of the reserve, but the greedy Chief thinks Chissa must have stolen from him. When the Chief demands that Chissa give back his money, a clever Chissa uses his recently bought items to trick the Chief into giving him more money! The Chief is now intent on punishing Chissa by throwing him in the river. Will Chissa find a way to trick the Chief into letting him go? The Story of Chissa is a trickster story that has been handed down six generations in the Ojibway oral narrative tradition. This is the first time it has appeared in print.

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Warren Spence is originally from Pinaymootang First Nation, Fairford Manitoba, an Ojibway community located 250 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg. He has a Bachelor of Social Work, an economic organization development and a justice system certificate. He has held positions in child welfare, probation, health, and other organizations. He has worked as a minister and an overseer for Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Aboriginal Ministries and is currently a pastor at Blessings Church in Winnipeg. Warren lives with his wife Melissa and two of his five children. He enjoys making music, carving, golf, fishing, and spending time with his family.


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