The idea for Kitchi: The Spirit Fox was born through studying other picture books on the market and realising that there was a big gap in the market for stories revolving around Native American characters and cultural beliefs.
After studying numerous articles and books on Native American beliefs and customs, I came across the Spirit Foxes and the beliefs around life continuing after death and wanted to incorporate these beliefs into a story that people of all ages would love and identify with.
“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.”
In Native American beliefs the spirit fox represents courage and being brave. It is the perfect symbolism for standing up for what you think is right and finding the courage deep inside yourself.
This belief is a major theme within Kitchi: The Spirit Fox and is the underlying theme throughout the journey young Forrest undertakes.
The name Kitchi means “Brave” In Native American languages and as you will find after reading Kitchi: The Spirit Fox, it is a very fitting name for the lead character.
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