by Richard Van Camp, Illustrated by K. Mateus
Three young men -- Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert -- have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they have done?
Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern Indigenous community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.
This book presents some of the harsh realities faced by Canada's Aboriginal communities... [It has] merits in exploring these issues through the medium of the graphic novel.--Joanne Peters "CM Association"
Van Camp, unsurprisingly, never stoops to caricature. His characters are emotionally complex, possessed of agency and sympathetically rendered... I don't want to give away the ending. I will say, however, that I was surprised by it-- "Ad Astra Comix"
About the Contributors:
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of 22 books including The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson), and Three Feathers (also a feature film). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. Richard is also the author of four collections of short stories, including Night Moves, and five baby books, including the award-winning Little You (with Julie Flett).
K. Mateus is a Canadian illustrator who always knew art was her calling. Whether a story is done as a graphic novel or story book, she immerses herself into that world. She hopes her work will inspire others to illustrate.