A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family's samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather's sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call "Benny the Bank," he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, illustrated in a stark contrast of black and white panels by Scott B.
Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Dene society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed.
In Richard Van Camp’s fictionalized north anything can happen and yet each story is rooted in a vivid contemporary reality. The stories offer a potent mix tape of tropes from science fiction (zombie fiction), horror, Western and Aboriginal traditions. The title story pits Torchy against the Smith Squad, fighting for love and family in a bloody, cathartic, and ultimately hopeful narrative. Van Camp’s characters repeatedly confront the bleakness of sexual assault, substance addiction and violence with the joy and humour of inspired storytelling.
Nos Histoires Sont Vivantes is the French language edition of Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories.
How Fox Saved the People, Eda`ni` no^ge`e do^ne gok'ei^di` is a 56-page picture book with CD from Theytus that tells the Tlicho (Dogrib) traditional story about Fox saving the people. The story is set long ago and begins with a village of people who cannot locate any food. Everyone is hungry but the Raven who visits daily is always happy and seems satisfied. All the people wonder where Raven is finding food. So one day they decide to track where the Raven goes and see where Raven finds food. It is Fox who follows and finds out why Raven is always full and happy.
The short stories in The Moon of Letting Go celebrate healing through modern day rituals that honour Richard Van Camp's Dogrib ancestry. Richard Van Camp speaks in a range of powerful voices: a violent First Nations gangster has an astonishing spiritual experience, a single mother is protected from her ex by a dangerous medicine man, and a group of young men pay tribute to a friend by streaking through their northern town. The stories are set in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Vancouver and rural British Columbia.
How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs, Edànì nôgèe wegöö degèe adzà is a picture book from Theytus that retells a traditional Tlicho (Dogrib) legend for young children. Theytus maintains strict protocols when publishing specific First Nation legends. With this attention to detail and cooperative nature, the result is an engaging story that maintains its integrity during the transformation from oral to written. The story explains why foxes have crossed legs. It begins long ago when Fox had a disagreement with a mean-spirited Bear.
The Legend of the Caribou Boy, Ekw? Dozhýý Wegondi is a traditional Dene legend told by George Blondin, respected Elder and storyteller, and adapted by his late son John Blondin (1960-1996). This new Theytus publication is a bilingual picture book with the story printed in English and the Weledeh Dialect of the Dogrib/Tlicho (Na-Dene) language. This simply-told story for young children explains how long ago a young boy who was having difficult dreams was destined to provide a gift for his family and community.
Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the latest titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories. This picture book contains first-hand information about the community of Gameti through the stories and words of Therese Zoe, her brother-in-law Philip Zoe, and Philip's sister, Elizabeth Chocolate.
The Old Man with the Otter Medicine (Eneeko Nambe Il'oo K'eezho) is a traditional Dene legend told by George Blondin, respected Elder and storyteller, and adapted by his late son John Blondin (1960-1996). This new Theytus publication is a bilingual picture book with the story printed in English and the Weledeh Dialect of the Dogrib (Na-Dene) language. This simply-told story for young children explains how a village of Dene people long ago were used to catching many fish from the nearby lake. But one day the fish were no more.