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Muinji'j Becomes a Man

TitleMuinji'j Becomes a Man
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsJoe, Saqamaw Mi'sel, and Claire Dunn
CitySt. John's
ISBN Number9781550811674

Newfoundland and Labrador

Age Range


Record Editor

Kim Wallace


Muinji’j is excited. He is excited because he and his niskamij are going to travel to the city to sell furs. After this trip, Muinji’j will be a man and be able to travel to the city by himself to sell furs. The responsibility that comes with this trip is exciting to Muinji’j, and he rushes to get going. Muinji’j even rushes his niskamij when they are in the canoe. Niskamij must keep reminding Muinji’j to be patient and to do all of the things necessary to ensure they have a safe journey. Their trip is going well and Muinji’j’s excitement continues to grow, but Muinji’j notices his niskamij is growing quite weak. Without niskamij, how will Muinji’j make it to the city?


"Muinji'j realized that this was a turning point in his life. Once he made this trip with his niskamij to sell their furs at the big city, he would be a man. He would be selling his own furs. He would buy the things they needed for the coming winter. Muinji'j had already planned what he would buy for his nukumij. He would get her pretty fabric, needles and beads, and buy her a brand new, shiny skinning knife so she could help with the cleaning of the animals." (8)