Pahgedenaun is a work by Robert Houle, an internationally-acclaimed Saulteaux artist and grew up in the community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. His real name, his Saulteaux name, is Blue Thunder, not used when he entered residential school at age seven. Pahgedenuan is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind” embodied in this 9 x 10.5 hardcover publication, which brings together drawings and installations of his childhood suffering.
There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange delves into the world of Native American urban population and presents the life stories of twelve men, women, and youth all on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The author’s debut novel examines the lives and cultural background of contemporary Indigenous people all searching for their personal identities. Among the characters are a small group bent on robbing the powwow organizers who threaten to bomb the venue. Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.
L'Indien Malcommode is the French version of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is the 2013 offering from university professor and humourist Thomas King. With his biting wit and sarcasm, King tells readers a story of Canada’s and America’s relations with First Nations and Native Americans. King takes topics such as Ipperwash, Oka, Bill C-31, American Indian Movement, Treaty 6, Trail of Tears, and Wounded Knee and weaves these and more into a coherent whole. Overall the book comments on the state of Indian-white relations of the past and present.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.
'Indigenous Statistics: A quantitative research methodology' is co-authored by Maggie Walter, descendent of the trawlwoolway people from northeastern Tasmania, and Chris Andersen, Michif, Metis from Alberta. Both are professors at their respective insitutitions. This work is based on three premises discussed throughout - a cultural framework of Indigenous statistics, the methodologies that produce these statistics and understanding academia as a situated activity.
Learning and Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education is in its 3rd edition. This book continues to highlight new trends in teaching and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for both First Nations and non-Indigenous children. It also fills the gap between the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and non-Indigenous children around learning Indigenous perspectives.