Sonny Assu: A Selective History is a 192-page art catalogue about the work of Kwakwaka'wakw artist Sonny Assu. His 120 colour prints are featured and include large-scale installation, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting. His works explore themes of Indigenous rights, consumerism, branding, humour, and the ways in which history informs contemporary ideas and identities. Essays and commentary by Richard Van Camp, Marianne Nicolson, Candice Hopkins, and Ellyn Walker add important awareness about this important artist for art scholars and general readers.
Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History by Shawn Smallman, a professor of international studies at Portland State University, in Oregon, traces previously recorded accounts by early missionaries, fur traders, colonial officials, anthropologists’ field notes, and legal authorities about the Algonquian phenomenon known as the windigo. This cannibalistic being with supernatural powers has been recorded in these early records by Europeans and continue to appear as a metaphor for selfishness in contemporary pop culture films and novels by non-Indigenous storytellers.
George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within is a stunning retrospective of a career that has spanned nearly four decades. Featuring more than 150 of the Plains Cree artist’s mixed-media works, this sumptuous collection showcases the bold swaths of colour and subtle textures of Littlechild’s work. Renowned artist George Littlechild has never shied away from political or social themes. His paintings blaze with strong emotions ranging from anger to compassion, humour to spiritualism.
Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir is a first-person account of the residential school experience by Theodore Fontaine from the Sagkeeng First Nation. Removed from his family and home community at the age of seven, Fontaine writes about the impact of his psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, the loss of his language and culture, and, most important, the loss of his family and community during his time at residential school. He attended Fort Alexander Indian Residential School, run by the Oblates for twelve years.
Classic Images of Canada's First Nations, 1850-1920 is a collection of 92 archival photographs of First Nations and Inuit by a variety of Canadian photographers. Collected and organized by Edward Carvell, a former curator at Banff's Whyte Museum, the images range from early daguerreotype to images taken in the 1920s. The images were selected from archives, museums, and private collections.
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children is an award-winning children's picture book written and illustrated by Sakaw Cree (Woodland Cree) educator Dale Auger. The story tells about a long ago hunter, proud of his hunting skills and his reputation as a provider, that he began to enjoy the praise so much that he stopped hunting. As the people grew hungry, the hunter decided that his skills were so great that he could find food anytime. He didn't realize that he had lost his special gift and no longer knew where to locate the animals.