Michel Jean is a Canadian novelist and journalist of French expression and Innu origin. A leading Indigenous author, with over a dozen books, Jean paints a picture of the Indigenous experience in the landscapes of Quebec, both past and present. Several works center on his Innu origins and the lives of relatives, for example the novel

Elle et Nous

[She and Us]

(2009, reissued in 2012, and reissued again entitled

Atuk, elle et nous

[Atuk, she and us]

in 2021) and the novel




Kukum was the first of Jean’s works translated into English. With a prize-winning English translation (2023), the already successful Kukum is gaining increased international and scholarly attention. Kukum is a first-person novel that recounts the experience of Jean’s own great-grandmother, Almanda

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Citation: Gordon, Sarah. "Michel Jean". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15227, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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