UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from A Tribe of One is a remarkable documentary about a British Columbia who learned that she was a member of the New Westminster First Nation. Rhonda Larrabee grew up believing she was Chinese and French but learned as an adult that her mother was First Nation. A member of the Qayqayt, Marie Joseph Lee had been sent to Kamloops Residential School as a child. Her reserve was deemed too small and was closed in 1923. Band members had been devastated by smallpox and remaining members were relocated to other First Nations.
UNAVAILABLE Picturing a People: George Johnston, Tlingit Photographer by filmmaker Carol Geddes is a documentary about a unique Tlingit man who documented the history of his community from 1920-1945. Self-taught George Johnston (1884-1972) continually sought to learn about his Tlingit cultural traditions and history from Elders. At the age of 16 he travelled from Teslin in the Yukon to visit Tlingit along the coast of Alaska. He recorded and documented traditional songs and dances. Years later he ordered a catalogue camera and learned how to shoot and develop black and white images.
UNAVAILABLE This video is no longer available from the publisher The Mind of a Child is a documentary featuring the work of Lorna Williams who works with Aboriginal students. Lorna Williams is from the Lil'wat First Nation in British Columbia. She has worked with the Vancouver School Board as a First Nations Education Specialist. Her work with Native students at risk in urban area schools led her to seek out the work of Israeli psychologist Reuven Feuerstein.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Legends: The Story of Siwash Rock is an adaptation by filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry from a traditional legend about the appearance of the Siwash Rock, a well-known Vancouver landmark. Actor Dakota House portrays a young man, Andrew, whose girlfriend, Kelsey, becomes pregnant. Left without employment and the life-threatening illness of his girlfriend, Andrew prepares for his child's birth in a traditional manner by a cleansing.
First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style contains ten short stories by Sto:lo poet, playwright, and author Lee Maracle. This collection includes the title story, in which Maracle explores views on sexuality, relationships, love, family, loss and healing in Salish and First Nations cultures. The last story, Canoe, is a moving story about a son who has recently lost his mother, and a step-father still grieving his wife.
Northwest Coast Indians is one of the information books in the Heinemann Library series, First Nations of North America. Books in the series offer information to grade four to six students about the cultural history of the major cultural regions of North America. This title discusses the Pacific Northwest culture region, including the Chinook, Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, and Tsimshian First Nations.
Diane Honey Jacobson's latest book, My Life with the Salmon, is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House, Diane's style in My Life with the Salmon is full of action, amazing adventures and fascinating connections between land, water and people. In My Life with the Salmon, we follow Honey through sometimes hilarious and sometimes difficult periods but we always learn a life lesson.
Kesu: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer is the beautifully illustrated book that records of the art, life, and influence of Doug Cranmer who called himself a "whittler" or "doodler" but who embodied "Indigenous modern" well before the term had been coined. Cranmer pioneered abstract and non-figurative paintings using Northwest Coast ovoids and U-shapes; embraced the practice of silk-screening on wood, paper, and burlap; and adapted power tools to new applications in art. Cranmer, a long-time teacher and mentor, inspired generations of young Northwest Coast artists in Alert Bay and beyond.
Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions is a historical study by American Indian Studies professor Charlotte Cote. As a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, she discusses the decision of the Makah and their relatives, the Nuu-chah-nulth, to resume their traditional practice of hunting the gray whale, after it was removed from the Endangered Species list in 1994. Neither First Nation had exercised their treaty right to hunt whales since commercial whalers had hunted the gray whale to near extinction in the 1920s.
Métis storyteller takes a Kwakwaka'wakw-inspired story about the important role of Grandmother Moon in the lives of the Earth's peoples and creates a bilingual (English/Kwak'wala) picture book. Moving colour art images by Andy Everson captures the mood of the story in surprising detail. Kwak'wala translation by Pauline Alfred and Pewi Alfred. The accompanying audio CD includes the story in English and Kwak'wala, with flute music provided by Mary Youngblood.