Go into The Woods and down to the creek to learn where one of Kekionga’s most distinguished young citizens found her name and catch a glimpse of the distant past. Read “Mushawasing”, starting here.
And there you have it, the truth behind Moose’s name. I was delighted to discover this– the name emerged in one piece with the original idea of the character, but until I wrote this story I honestly had no idea why she was called that. I am also absolute convinced that she considers “Moose Creek Child” to be her real name– both the nickname and her legal name are simply pseudonyms.
This page is also where I decided the name used by the First Inhabitants translates as “Black Fox People”. Kekionga has been famous for its black foxes for a long time. I also really like this drawing of the inside of the Big Library, which is the Kid’s term for the Kekionga Public Library’s downtown Central building.
Note that the fossil on the notebook in the last panel is the same one that was in Moose’s pocket when she came back from the creek that night. It is one of her greatest treasures.
Jeff Lilly, as he often does, helped me a great deal as I chose a name for the creek and dealt with the creative aftermath.