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Goodbyes Along The Way

The Mattagami of the 21st century is a modern, thriving community, connected by highway to Timmins and Sudbury. In 1960, however, the winding gravel road connecting the village to the outside world was often closed by the elements, and when it wasn't, travel often proved to be a harrowing adventure.

Our family moved to Mattagami in 1960 when my father accepted a teaching position there. For the next four years our family lived in an apartment at the back of the one-room school, which was attended by two-dozen students from grades one to six.

The time spent in Mattagami conjures up some of the most interesting and eventful memories of our lives. Among the many adults my parents counted as friends were several of the community's old timers - men and women who gradually opened their hearts to my dad and mom and willingly shared much of the village's stories and fascinating history: the Iroquois Wars, Wendigo, the giant snake, shaking tent ceremony ... These are the stories my father faithfully recorded in a number of old school scribblers, and it is many of these same stories that are related within the pages of this book, retold through the eyes of a twelve year old boy.

About The Author

Nat Reed was an elementary teacher/principal for nearly 30 years and then taught full-time at Trent University's School of Education for another nine years. Nathanael has had 60 curriculum units published and more than 150 popular Novel Studies available online, these are also available in such outlets as Chapters and most stores for teachers. Nathanael lives with his wife, Joyce, and has four sons, Nathan, Jason, Eric and Joel who also reside in different areas of Canada.

Number of Pages: 88

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