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.
The Riverton Rifle: My Story Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life by former NHL hockey player Reggie Leach officially released his biography in his hometown of Riverton, Manitoba in November, 2015. The the NHL’s legendary right-winger who played thirteen years with the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, Detroit Red Wings, and the Philadelphia Flyers, winning the Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 1975. Leach was one of the few players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 1976, as a player on the losing team.
Memory Serves and Other Essays gathers together the 17 oratories and lectures by award-winning author Lee Maracle has delivered and performed over a twenty-year period. Revised for publication, the lectures hold the features and style of oratory intrinsic to the Salish people in general and the Sto: lo in particular. From her Coast Salish perspective and with great eloquence, Maracle shares her knowledge of Sto: lo history, memory, philosophy, globalization, law, spirituality, feminism and the colonial condition of her people.
Author Rick Revelle is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His first book was I Am Algonquin, the first Algonquin Quest novel. Algonquin Spring: An Algonquin Quest is the second volume in his projected historical trilogy about his ancestors. In his second novel the action takes place after Mahingan thought he had lost his wife, Wàbananang (Morning Star). Later he learned she was still alive, taken captive by the Haudenosaunee. Now on a desperate quest to rescue her, Mahingan and his small family are wintering north of the Ottawa River near present-day Lachute, Quebec.
Fire Fight is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The main characters in all the titles are Indigenous teens and the stories all include references to traditional ways.
Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group of Indigenous people. This anthology profiles young urban First Nation men and women and how they connect with their culture and values in their contemporary lives. Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing an MBA at Stanford University to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York City, these urban residents share their unique insight to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.
The Reason You Walk is one of five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. 2016 recipient of Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Ojibwe man who'd raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.
Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs is an important collection of Inuit elder interviews about current naming and family traditions among the Inuit communities of Baffin Region, Nunavut. Four elders explain that Inuit do not call each other by their given names. Instead, they refer to each other using a system of kinship and family terms, known as tuq&urausiit (turk-thlo-raw-seet). Calling each other by kinship terms is a way to show respect and foster closeness within families. Children were named after their elders and ancestors, ensuring a long and healthy life.