Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Gii-bi-gaachiiyaanh: When I Was a Child written by Ojibwe language teacher Shirley Williams is a dual language picture book about Shirley's childhood memories. Told in English and Ojibwe languages the memories of her father's gentle teachings about listening during a fishing trip will appeal to all readers. Both of Shirley's parents wanted their daughter to observe and listen to the world around her in order to understand her culture.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
L'ours geant, un conte Inuit / The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale, is a French picture book from Inhabit Media written by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 34-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure.
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not A Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. This book has been translated into Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe), Nbisiing dialect by Muriel Sawyer and Geraldine McLeod and contributions by Tory Fisher. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is the French version of this picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.
Neekah's Knitting Needles is a delightful story about learning to knit in the Cowichan style based on the knitting of Cowichan people from near Port Alberni. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles, the knittling style is based on the work of Odelia Smith from Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria, B.C. Coast Salish knitting is also part of a National Film Board documentary, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. Sheena Lot is a picture book illustrator and has won numerous awards for her work. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles Neekah is finally old enough to learn to knit.
Les Six Cèdres / The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page French edition of the same book and offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing.
The Grizzly Mother is a unique non-fiction picture book about bears, seasons, Gitxsan Nation and their Northwest Coast environment. Author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D Huson) from the Gitxsan Nation and Metis illustrator Natasha Donovan combine their skills in the creation of an informative, lyrical, and engaging read about a mother grizzly and her little
'Anishinabek Nation Colouring Book' begins with the preamble to the Anishinabek Nation Constitution adopted in 2011. There are clear illustrations and words to match in both Ojibwe and English - the gift of spirituality, the gifts given to the Anishinabe to look after, the seven sacred gifts to guide them and more. A double page map of the regions is included.