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About the Author
Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry for over 13 years and is a volunteer board member for organizations such as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sākihiwē festival. Brett also works with the Prairie Climate Centre to connect western science and Indigenous Knowledges.
The award-winning Mothers of Xsan series is Brett's first series of books and part of a larger vision to share the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation. With the support of his wife, Jeri, and their children, Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork, and photography.
Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a Métis illustrator originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in This Place: 150 Years Retold, Wonderful Women of History, and Thomas King's graphic novel Borders. She is the illustrator of the award-winning Surviving the City graphic novel series and Mothers of Xsan children's book series, as well as Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer. She currently lives by the Nooksack River in Washington State. @natashamdonovan
A rich mix of nature and culture, pointing out connections between the two.--Kirkus Reviews "Kirkus Reviews"
[Author Brett D. Huson is] Among BC Booklook's Who's Who--BC Booklook "BC Booklook"
Among CBC Books 36 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for in fall 2022-- "CBC Books"
Filled with accessible information about ecosystems and culture, The Raven Mother is an enjoyable read that will be a great teaching tool for the target audience. I quite enjoyed reading it and will definitely be sharing it with my own child when she's older. And I am going to gush about the artwork in this book. I really really loved everything about it, so major props to Natasha Donovan.-- "The Library Ladies"
In the midst of a climate crisis, it has never been more important to understand how ecosystems work. That's why Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, or Brett D. Huson, of the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, decided to write engaging and informative books about the creatures on his home territory. The illustrator...brings Huson's storytelling to life through bold hues and the dynamic style of graphic novel illustrations.--Emelia Fournier "Prairie Books Now"
Among American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Best Books 2022-- "American Indians in Children's Literature"
Make room in your science curriculum for books like The Raven Mother by Hetx'wms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson).--Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza "American Indians in Children's Literature"
Read The Raven Mother, along with the other five titles in the series, for a satisfying perspective of the Gitxsan culture that is so closely aligned with the natural world. Highly Recommended.-- "CM Reviews"
Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023, starred selection of exceptional caliber-- "CCBC"