Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View published in 2019 by Routledge offers the ideas of well-known education thinkers Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang. This 292-page volume features the works of 26 Indigenous and other scholars in fifteen essays in the series, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education. The authors represent a variety of cultural traditions including Maori, Samoa, Mayan, Navajo, Salish, Hesquiaht, Tlingit, Ojibwe, and others.
'Hiraeth' is a 2019 First Nation Communities READ book of poems by Carol Rose Daniels (Cree/Dene). She is a published novelist (Bearskin Diary in 2015), poet, playwright, visual artist and musician. In 'Hiraeth', the reader is drawn to poems of nostalgia, yearning, the grief of lost places, a homesickness for home. Arranged in three sections that weave helpers, abandonment and spirit wisdom, these poems are powerful, a gift. The poems speak to a journey of struggle to find a place to belong and finding it. This is a highly recommended.
Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.
'Ghosts' is the final novel in David Alexander Robertson's The Reckoner trilogy. It is a supernatural murder mystery for young adult readers. The trilogy will resonate with readers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous through its relatable characters struggling with common teen problems - mental-health, family relationships, and belonging. Robertson is Norway House Cree and well known for his graphic novels and children's books. In 'Ghosts' mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school life is hard but death can be harder. Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a foreword by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
The Girl and the Wolf is a recent release from Theytus Books. In this children’s 2019 picture book a young girl is out in the woods picking berries. But the girl has forgotten mother’s instruction about going off by herself and soon the girl is lost. Suddenly a grey wolf appears and the girl is afraid. But this wolf is different from the European approach to wolves in fairy tales. This large wolf is kind and helpful as he assists the frightened child calm herself and draw upon her knowledge of the woods. The girl successfully finds her way home and recounts her encounter with the wolf.
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.