B is for Basketball: An Alphabet Book is an alphabet picture book written by the staff and students of School District 50 Haida Gwaii. The idea for an official book for the 2011 All Native Basketball Tournament was the impetus for the creation of the book. It is meant to celebrate this yearly sports event held in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Basketball has a history among the First Nations in British Columbia. Parents and Elders saw a need for a book about Aboriginal basketball. Each letter of the alphabet has a colour illustration about some aspect of playing and watching basketball.
The Canoe He Called Loo Taas celebrates the true story of a 50-foot, community-carved canoe made from a single cedar tree, which was designed and carved by Amanda Steven's late father, Bill Reid. Loo Taas, pronounced, loo toss, are the Haida words meaning wave eater. In 2009, Loo Taas was the alternate mode of transportation for the Olympic Torch while touring Haida Gwaii. Elder Percy Williams was the torchbearer. Award-winning illustrator Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created a beautiful and charming 24-page full-colour picture book about the creation of this legendary canoe.
Plants of Haida Gwaii, written with the cooperation and collaboration of the Haida, is a detailed and insightful record of the uses and importance to the Haida of over 150 species of native plants. Haida Gwaii is the traditional name for a world-renowned group of islands, sometimes called the Queen Charlottes, off the northern mainland coast of British Columbia. For thousands of years these islands have been the home of the Haida.
The Little Hummingbird is a brilliant children's picture book by Haida artist and storyteller Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas about the power of one person doing the best they can. Inspired by the story of a forest fire and the courage and determination of a tiny hummingbird this artist and illustrator has created a breath-taking mix of simple narrative sparsely told and accompanied by moving Haida-inspired art images. This story of a fearless hummingbird that carries single drops of water to stop a raging forest fire is taken from a parable of the Quechuan people of South America.
SMASH - International Indigenous Weaving: Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwest, and Hawaiian Artists is the exhibition catalogue to support a 2010 summer art show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The book showcases the works of Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwestern, and Hawaiian artists through the medium of weaving in the forms of exquisite baskets, clothing, mats, rattles, spindle whorls, and conceptual pieces.
Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill Reid is in its second edition and contains 30 essential texts by Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The collection spans the early years of his career as radio announcer and script writer and extends to his career as a master carver. Early pieces from 1954-1967 include People of the Potlatch; Carvers of the Totem Poles; and Art of the British Colombia Indian. A moving poem text written in 1971 celebrates the land of the Haida as well as the essential tree of the Northwest Coast, the Cedar.
All That We Say is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation chronicles the Haida's political and cultural renaissance in this multilayered narrative that will have far-reaching reverberations. Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is Canada's Galapagos, a West Coast archipelago famous for its wild beauty. It is also the ancient homeland of the Haida nation. In the 1970s, after decades of rapacious logging, the Haida joined forces with environmentalists in a high-profile struggle to save the islands.
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul.
Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art is the companion volume to the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, Raven Travelling, first shown in 2006. The 200-page book offers readers 40 colour illustrations of the art of past Haida master carvers as well as outstanding works by contemporary Haida artists. The books contain essays, poems, a speech, and bilingual excerpts from classic Haida narratives. Authors include Daina Augaitis, Peter Macnair, Marianne Jones, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Nika Collison, Lucille Bell, Vince Collison, Guujaw, and Isabel Rorick.
Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art Traditions of the Northwest Coast is a stunning coffee-table art book that celebrates the art of 75 contemporary Northwest Coast artists. 85 colour photographs are included in this book that provides brief biographical essays and quotes from each of the selected artists. Works in wood, silver, glass sculpture, paint, metal, animal skin are featured.