Grandpa, How Do I Build an Iglu? is a Level 11 reader in the Nunavummi Reading Series from Inhabit Education. This is a unique Nunavut-made levelled reading series that aligns the reading expectations of the Inuit language, English, and French. The reading series corresponds closely to the reading levels and expectations developed by the Department of Education in Nunavut. This approach to literacy provides educators and parents the tools they need to ensure that children are equally challenged and successful in all the languages represented in Nunavut.
Indigenous Dwellings of Canada: A Colouring Book authored by Katherine and Leo Pettipas and illustrated by Don Monkman is produced by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. This 53-page colouring book depicts the various styles of buildings designed by First Nations and Inuit peoples over the centuries. Each page has a brief caption describing the Nation and the dwelling such as winter pit houses, longhouses, wigwams, earth lodges, plank houses, and earth lodges.
Structures in the Arctic, Level 8 is a non-fiction book that introduces children to the features of man-made structures commonly seen in the North, like igloos and inukshuks, and structures familiar throughout Canada, like airports and houses. This 16-page leveled reader published by Inhabit Education is part of their Nunavummi Reading Series. Readers will enjoy learning about familiar structures and finding out about houses on stilts and hunting camps. Level 8 titles have 12 to 24 pages with one to three sentences per page. The sentences combine simple and more complex sentences.
How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik is a detailed how-to guide for building the traditional Inuit home or igloo and the long sled or qamutiik. Inuk skilled craftsman Solomon Awa provides these illustrated instructions along with general background information on each item's construction and importance for survival in the Arctic regions. This bilingual book contains parallel Inuktitut (syllabics) and English in this 40-page informative title. In Inuktitut, the title is Igluvigaliurniq qamusiurnirlu. It was translated by translated by Saa Pitseolak and Louise Flaherty.
Haida Monumental Art: Villages of the Queen Charlotte Islands is the 2014 reissue of the original 1984 publication limited-edition publication by George F. MacDonald director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1983-1998. During the last quarter of the nineteenth-century, images of the Haida’s immense cedar houses and soaring totem poles were captured by photographers who travelled to then-remote villages such as Masset and Skidegate to marvel at, and record, what they saw there.
Sky Dancers by Connie Kirk is a picture book from children's multicultural publisher Lee and Low. This title is set in the 1930s about a young Mohawk boy's relationship with his steelworker father who is helping to build the Empire State Building in New York. At home on the reserve, the boy challenges himself with tree climbing when he is not helping his grandfather. But he misses his father who lives in a New York apartment and only comes back home on weekends. It is the Depression and ironworkers were lucky to have employment.
UNAVAILABLE Aboriginal Architecture, Living Architecture is a feature-length documentary directed by Cree filmmaker Paul Rickard. The video is a continent-wide exploration of the traditional and contemporary forms of architecture from seven distinct Aboriginal cultural traditions. The film begins at Acoma Pueblo and explores the 250 terraced dwellings of the oldest continually-occupied city in North America. A local architect, Brian Vallo, takes the viewer on a tour of ancient ruins of his ancestors located in Chaco Canyon.
Aboriginal Architecture, Living Architecture is a feature-length documentary directed by Cree filmmaker Paul Rickard. The DVD is a continent-wide exploration of the traditional and contemporary forms of architecture from seven distinct Aboriginal cultural traditions. The film begins at Acoma Pueblo and explores the 250 terraced dwellings of the oldest continually-occupied city in North America. A local architect, Brian Vallo, takes the viewer on a tour of ancient ruins of his ancestors located in Chaco Canyon.
The Iroquois: Longhouse Builders is part of the Capstone Press series, America's First Peoples. The author credits Tara Froman from the Woodland Cultural Centre as her consultant and the reader expects an accurate and informative result. That is not always the case for this title. The book is aimed at younger readers and the publisher suggests the book is suitable for grades two to five. The text begins with a description of the Iroquois homeland and the meaning of the name as well as that the Iroquois prefer Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse).
Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains is a coffee-table style book accompanies the Brooklyn Museum's current exhibition about the Plains tipi as architectural form and as a centre for understanding Plains cultural, social, spiritual, and creative traditions. This 239-page volume features thoughtful essays such as the art of tipi living; the Arapaho tipi; Crow tipis; of tipis and stereotypes; women's arts centered in the tipi; Kiowa beadwork in the twenty-first century; Tipis and the warrior tradition; and the tipi of the Kiowa Tonkongya (Black Leggings Warrior Society).