The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.
The Incredible Adventure of Mary Jane Mosquito: A Musical Cabaret is a one woman musical in one-act by renowned Cree playwright, performer, musician and poet Tomson Highway. This remarkable 70-page book is a treat for the eyes as well as an uplifting and positive story about a girl mosquito born without wings. Her disability is overwhelming but this young mosquito has a dream and she perseveres and lives to fulfill her dream to become a singer and entertainer beloved by audiences.
Someday is the second edition of Drew Hayden Taylor's outstanding play about a fictional Ojibway First Nation somewhere in Ontario. It could be set in any First Nation community in Canada because it deals with a painful time when thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their families during the notorious "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Anne Wabung's daughter was taken from her by children's aid workers when the girl was a toddler. Now, 35 years later at Christmastime, Anne's hope to be reunited with her daughter is realized.
Dragonfly Kites is the reissue of Tomson Highway's Songs of the North children's book trilogy. Cree playwright and musician Tomson Highway created this series that focuses on the lives of two Cree brothers who live in northern Manitoba with their parents and a pet dog. The family is a traditional one that lives on the land and during the summer the family camps along one of the many lakes in the region. It is in this homeland that the two young children let their imaginations soar. Their playmates are the family dog and various baby animals and birds as well as sticks and stones.
3 Plays by Alanis King is the long-awaited first collection by playwright and director Alanis King who presents three exciting plays interconnected by themes of hope: spiritual (If Jesus Met Nanabush); personal (The Tommy Prince Story) and cultural (Born Buffalo). When Jesus turns up at the Champion of Champions Pow-Wow, the first person he meets is Nanabush. Together they form an odd pair. Nanabush is earthy, irascible, fun-loving. Jesus is formal, introverted, a fish out of water.
No Borders: Kigliqangittuq is the 2013 title in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This popular series is designed to highlight one of the official Aboriginal language groups in the Northwest Territories. The book presents information about the people and communities of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Ulukhaktok, NWT. Although recently divided by the border between the two territories the communities share a common ancestry and their language called Inuinnaqtun. In this 34-page photo essay information book readers meet 16-year old Darla Evyagotailak and her extended family.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way is a 2012 biography written by author Blair Stonechild. It is a unique perspective on the life and times of Cree singer/songwriter, artist, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. This Cree woman’s life began in Saskatchewan and has been one of change and transition. Buffy Sainte-Marie is a symbol of the free expression movement of the 1960s and her powerful songs inspired countless people seeking hope and change.