Yetsa's Sweater

Yetsa's Sweater

Book - 2006
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Yetsa joins her grandmother for a day of cleaning and spinning wool. The yarn will be knitted into Cowichan sweaters, a specialty of the Coast Salish Indians.
Publisher: Winlaw, B.C. : Sono Nis Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781550391558
Call Number: jE OLSEN 2006
Characteristics: 38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Larson, Joan - Illustrator


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"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries."

Theme of multigenerational love and respecting of heritage. A realistic story about a contemporary family from the Cowichan nation. Great demonstration of process of creating sweater from the sheep to the final product.

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Amanda_HT Jun 23, 2018

A story as much about three generations of Indigenous women and their culture, as the making a Cowichan sweater. Author Sylvia Olsen is non-Indigenous women, who has spent most of her life living on Tsartlip First Nation Reservation with her partner and children. She is a historian specializing in Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Canada. Age suitability for this book: 5-10 years old

Feb 22, 2014

This was a lovely story for me to read to my grand daughter. I knit and so although my grand daughter is only 5 she could relate to Yetsa and her anticipation of her sweater. She was also able to appreciate the gift of craft and learning the old arts.


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Yetsa, her mother and her grandmother prepare fleece together in preparation for knitting Cowichan sweaters.


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