Why did I love this book?
For years, I’ve felt passionate about supporting Indigenous-led movements to protect their communities, their cultures, and the environment—in particular, movements that address the threat of oil pollution. So, I was thrilled to read this gorgeous and inspiring picture book, written and illustrated by two Indigenous women, that focuses on the life-giving value of water and the need to protect it. The poetic text incorporates Native Nations’ spiritual knowledge and wise stories passed down through generations, warning against “the black snake”—oil pipelines— that threaten the sacred water. We see how movements like Standing Rock have united hundreds of Indigenous groups globally and encouraged people to join together to protect our planet.