Sault Tribe author’s debut novel to be made into Netflix series

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Sault Tribe author's debut novel to be made into Netflix series



The production company founded by Barack and Michelle Obama works with Michelle Boulley to adapt the book

Angeline Boulley’s first novel Daughter of the Fire Guardian was released on March 16, 2021 and has already made waves in the literary world.
Boulley is a storyteller who writes based on her own experiences as a coming-of-age biracial woman in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Spending his summers on Sugar Island with the tribal community, his father is a firefighter. He strikes and maintains ceremonial fires for special activities and cultural ceremonies in their community.

The story follows the adventures of Daunis Fontaine, an 18-year-old Anishinaabe living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who in an attempt to expose corruption in the community, goes undercover in an FBI investigation and finds out more. than what she expected.

The novel is described as the “native Nancy Drew”.

“I’ve always loved mysteries and thrillers, but I never saw myself in a book until I was 18, where I finally read a story that had a native main character. And so I just wanted to write this native Nancy Drew story.

Boulley is a member of the Sault tribe of the Chippewa Indians, and she shares her experience of growing up as a biracial woman, “everyone deserves to be seen in a story, and I think when a youngster can see herself in a history, it changes the way they perceive their identity and their place in the world. This broadens their view of the world and themselves within it. ”

The people of the Sault area are familiar with some of the scenes depicted in the book. Daunis runs along the St. Mary’s River and explores the cliffs of Lake State, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe.

Boulley’s book caught the attention of Barack and Michelle Obama. Their production company “Higher Grounds Production” is working with Boulley to develop the novel for a Netflix series. “I’m still in shock,” she said.

“I was so happy to have been to Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday, for the day my book went on sale. I was able to quickly get there for a book signing which was at my tribe’s casino, and it was so good to see cousins ​​and friends.

She shares how special it is to come back to Sault and Sugar Island since the book came out to visit all the places Daunis has left her mark.

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” is available at bookstores everywhere, online, as well as in the audiobook.

Josie Fiegehen is a reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative based at SaultOnline

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