Totem Poles and Railroads 2017 FNCR succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Janet Rogers expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental voice. She pays honour to her poetic characters - real and imagined, historical and present day - from Sacajawea to Nina Simone.
A Gentle Habit: a book of short stories by Metis author Cherie Dimaline includes six moving short stories. Inspiration for the collection comes from American poet Charles Bukowski who wrote “In between the punctuating agonies, life is such a gentle habit.” Following this theme of extraordinary ordinariness, A Gentle Habit is a collection of six new short stories focusing on the addictions of a diverse group of characters attempting normalcy in an unnatural world.
In her second collection of poetry, Passage, Gwen Benaway examines what it means to experience violence and speaks to the burden of survival. Traveling to Northern Ontario and across the Great Lakes, Passage is a poetic voyage through divorce, family violence, legacy of colonization, and the affirmation of a new sexuality and gender. Previously published as a man, Passage is the poet’s first collection written as a transwoman. Striking and raw in sparse lines, the collection showcases a vital Two Spirited identity that transects borders of race, gender, and experience.
Just Pretending is Bird-Wilson’s first short story collection, though she has previously published a book of nonfiction. This Métis author works for he Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon. In this short story collection the question of identity appears in all the 22 stories. Additional themes include belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity. A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse.
Living on the Land: Indigenous Women's Understanding of Place, examines how patriarchy, gender, and colonialism have shaped the experiences of Indigenous women as both knowers and producers of knowledge. From a variety of methodological perspectives, contributors to the volume explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, its rootedness in relationships both human and spiritual, and its inseparability from land and landscape.
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.
The Art of Being Métis: Through the Teachings of the Canoe DVD provides Public Performance rights making it ideal for Native Studies courses and recommended for those interested in Métis canoe building. The Art of Being Métis is a 10 part exploration about being Métis as told through the teachings of the canoe by master builder knowledge keeper Marcel Labelle. Taking traditional knowledge from his Algonquin/Métis ancestors Marcel Labelle explains the importance of a birch bark canoe and the knowledge and expertise required for its construction.
Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America is a 2016 publication from Royal Ontario Museum Press celebrating the work of iconic Canadian artist Paul Kane (1810-1871). Published more than a century and a half after its original 1859 publication, Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America documents the artist’s years of travel between Toronto and the Pacific coast. The book depicts Kane’s journeys, the people he met, and the stories he heard, and includes 97 images referenced directly in Kane’s narrative, with 91 paintings drawn from the ROM’s collection.