Legend of Tahnee Resource

 Click here for The Legend of Tahnee, The Wolf, My Asthma Journey Activity Booklet

Lung Trees giving oxygenInformed by asthma educators and First Nations children with asthma and their guardians, Alberta Asthma Centre developed a new activity book entitled The Legend of Tahnee, The Wolf, My Asthma Journey, with Dené graphic artist Carla Gilday.

Highlights are:

  • Tahnee, the Wolf, is introduced as Puff’s buddy mascot. Although the wolf’s symbolism varies by community, region and group, research indicated positive themes of leadership, teaching, community and wisdom.  Use of the wolf was endorsed by communities’ members and children.  
  • The new art, content and legend incorporate Elders, story-telling, colour, nature, animals,  support of family/friends, humour, circle, self-management, lung health and general health/wellness themes.
  • The new version is designed to be used as stand alone or with the asthma education curriculum.
  • Glossary of terms in short, colourful text boxes, with pictures.
  • “Your Stories” feature for children, families and communities to submit anecdotes, photos and artistic expressions.
  • Minimal text; uses illustrations to teach. For example, to simplify information, cartoon characters were created to depict healthy (“The Relax-i-nator”, “Agent Invisible”, “Mr. Smooth”) and unhealthy airways (“Spazzzm”, “The Booger Man” and “Puff Daddy”).  Also, used pictures of facial features/body language to illustrate symptoms and emotions.
  • New activities contributed by asthma educators: K.C. Rautiainen, Lesley Stewart, Bev Kulbaba and Jo-Anne St-Vincent.
  • In the “Find the Triggers” exercise, it incorporates triggers relevant to First Nations children including pets, forest fire, campfire, gravel dust, virus, overcrowding, household chemicals, mould and cigarette smoke.
  • Includes asthma action plan in response to “A Shared Voice” recommendations (97% of respondents indicated would use an asthma action plan).