About the Book
A vivid dream teaches Little Wolf about courage and acceptance
of those who are different, and inspires her to show her daughters their
classmates how to be proud of their diverse cultural backgrounds.
her life, Little Wolf has been troubled by the injustice she sees all
around her. When she was young, she was bullied for her Indigenous
heritage. Her mother, White Raven, spent ten years in a residential
school, separated from her family and isolated from her culture. Little
Wolf’s own children are growing up in a different, more open society,
but hatred and racism still exist. Little Wolf worries about the world
her daughters will inherit. One night, a vivid dream helps her realize
her own strength as a leader and peacemaker in her community. Told with
powerful imagery and symbolism, Abalone Woman is the third book
in the Little Wolf series, which presents themes of racism, trauma, and
family unity through relatable, age-appropriate narratives.
“Abalone Woman is a beautiful story of courage and identity, grounded in the values of sharing our culture and heritage. It is a gentle and impactful story, interwoven with resilience, healing and family. Teoni Spathelfer is a gifted modern-day Indigenous storyteller whose voice comes at a crucial time in our history as Indigenous Peoples.”
—K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, Chief Councillor, Heiltsuk Tribal Council
“This beautiful book draws from traditional ways of knowing and living with each other, such as dreams and intuition, to help all of us to see through contemporary, real-world challenges such as fear of difference, racism, and self-doubt so that we can step forward and lovingly guide our Nations forward.”
—Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, QC, co-author (with Sara Florence Davidson) of Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii
“The story of Abalone Woman touched my heart as I experienced racism as a youth. Teoni’s story of how she overcame it through her culture speaks of the power of stories and dreams. Being recognized for not copying the harmful actions of others is inspirational to all Nation groups. Respect the diversity.”
—Elroy White, archaeologist of Haíɫzaqv descent and a potlatch historian, Central Coast Archaeology
“Teoni Spathelfer seamlessly educates and encapsulates the importance of Indigenous history within this book. Abalone Women is the perfect example of educating people with Canada’s tragic past while ultimately displaying the resilience of Canada’s First Peoples. The dream inside this book is a healing tool for all who wish to reconcile together.”
—Tchadas Leo, creator and host of Our Native Land
"Abalone Woman is a magical tale with an important message."
"There is something magical about Teoni Spathelfer’s stories. Her stories are amazing in their ability to so simply share human traits to be kind and caring to others while also pointing out injustice and the path forward. Abalone Woman is challenging to read but also healing."
—CM: Canadian Review of Materials