A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family's samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather's sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call "Benny the Bank," he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, illustrated in a stark contrast of black and white panels by Scott B.
The Stone Collection: Short Stories is the 2015 release of writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm's story collection from the Highwater Press Debwe Series. In these fourteen unique stories Akiwenzie-Damm takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of modern Anishinaabe experience. Through unforgettable characters, these stories, about love and lust, suicide and survival, illness and wholeness, illuminate the strange workings of the human heart.
Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson is Portage and Main's revised edition of The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel. Helen Betty Osborne (1952-1971), known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today.
Three Fires: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
Misaabe's Stories: A Story of Honesty explores the meaning of one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the imagination and storytelling of a young boy named Misaabe. This Ojibwe boy is always telling creative stories about trolls, and x-ray glasses, and secret agents, and his super-exciting life. He tries to convince his classmates that these tales are totally true. One day the outrageous tales catch up to Misaabe when his mom comes to school to speak to the teacher. She helps this imaginative boy continue his storytelling and always use his gift with honesty.
What is Truth, Betsy? A Story of Truth is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series from Highwater Press. Miskwaadesi is puzzled about the teaching, Truth. But she knows more than she thinks she does. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community. In this final teaching of the Seven Grandfather Teaching, a young Ojibwe girl asks about the meaning of truth. The teacher finds simple questions for this young scholar to answer. Betsy begins with asking Miskwaadesi about herself. The girl explains she is an Anishinaabe girl.
Amik Loves School: A Story of Wisdom is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series from Highwater Press. Amik is a young urban Ojibwe boy who actually enjoys learning new things at school. One day Amik tells his Moshoom how much he enjoys learning. But Moshoom has a different memory about school when he was a child. Grandfather attended residential school. There is sadness in Moshoom's face. With a gentle explanation, grandfather tells Amik about his experience. Amik has the answer when he invites his Moshoom to the classroom the next day.
The Evolution of Alice by David Alexander Robertson is the kaleidoscopic story of one woman's place within the web of community. Peopled with unforgettable characters and told from multiple points of view, this is a novel where spirits are alive, forgiveness is possible, and love is the only thing that matters. This haunting, emotionally resonant story delivers us into the world of Alice, a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up. Alice has never had an easy life, but has managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family.
Kode's Quest(ion): A Story of Respect explores the meaning of one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the eyes of a young girl. In her urban school Mashkode Bixhiki (Kode) knows many things, but she doesn't know one thing: What does respect mean? Who will help her figure out the answer? This 24-page picture book follows Kode as she asks all the older people in her family about the meaning of respect.
The Just Right Gift: A Story of Love is a simply illustrated 24-page book from the Highwater Press series, The Seven Teaching Stories. Migizi loves his Gookom. And he wants to find the best gift for his grandmother or Gookom who is currently in hospital. He knows Gookom's gift has to be perfect, and it has to be as sweet as her kisses. So he thinks of all the options: maybe he can pick some roses he saw in the park; maybe he could buy her a pair of earrings at the store; maybe he could cook her favourite roast dinner; or maybe he could paint her a picture.