Outcasts of River Falls by award-winning Métis author Jacqueline Guest is the sequel to the historical fiction novel, Belle of Batoche. The novel is set in a Métis community, River Falls, where 14-year-old Kathryn Tourand arrives to live with her guardian and only relative Aunt Belle. Kathryn's father has died and while he passed for white in Toronto, Kathryn is in for a surprise as she learns she is Métis and so is Aunt Belle. What follows is a coming-of-age story as Kathryn learns what it truly means to be one of the Road Allowance People at the turn of the twentieth century.
Environmentalists from our First Nations is the 2011 release in the series, First Nations Series for Young Readers from Second Story Press. All books in this series feature brief biography pieces about several First Nation and Native American people who show leadership in their chosen field. In this book, the author Vincent Schilling has selected eleven individuals from the USA and Canada who work for the betterment of Mother Earth and her peoples in the field of environmental science.
How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat (Ta’n Petalu Telui’tut Skite’kmujewey Mia’wj) is a bilingual (English and Mi'kmaq) tells story about a young cougar who decides to build his home in a strange forest. When he finds that all of the animals in the forest are afraid of him, the young cougar agrees to stop behaving like a cougar so that he can make friends. But when he tries to return to his birthplace, he learns that he is no longer welcome.
Le Secret de Ton Nom, Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen, Aen Kishchitaymook Aen Li Michif Iwik, is the 2010 children's picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The French and Michif book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Native Musicians in the Groove is the 2009 title in the Native Trailblazer Series. This volume offers elementary readers 10 biographical sketches about contemporary First Nations and Native American singers and musicians. Author Vincent Schilling interviewed each participant and supplies fascinating details about each artist. Many artists discuss their early musical influences, education, and ways they overcame racism.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM GOODMINDS Native Men of Courage is the most recent title in Native Trailblazer Series. This volume offers elementary readers 10 biographical sketches about Aboriginal men who have contributed significantly to the betterment of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities. Each person selected by Mohawk author Vincent Schilling offers readers an insight to men of distinction living and working in Canada and the United States.
The Secret of Your Name: Proud to be Metis, Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen, Aen Kishchitaymook Aen Li Michif Iwik, is the 2010 picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story is the story of the remarkable Pima soldier Ira Hayes and his life. Born in 1923 Ira Hayes grew up on the Gila River Reservation in Arizona with his parents and brothers. Life on the reservation was hard but Ira and his family made a living as cotton farmers. As a teen Ira was sent to Phoenix Indian School in 1940. This was a boarding school (residential school) run by the government. The regimented living conditions at the school made an impression on the shy youth.
Un Nom pour un Metis is the French edition for A Name For A Metis. This is the first children's picture book by Metis librarian, Deborah Delaronde of Duck Bay, Manitoba. She tells the humourous story about a young boy who wants a nickname. He asks his parents and grandparents for ideas for a traditional Ojibway name. They suggest all sorts of names that could fit his personality and behavior. His mother suggests Gitchi Mangijaan or Great Big Nose because the boy is nosey about everything around him. The boy also comes up with ideas for a name such as Wajeppi, which means He is quick.
Prolific Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac has written a new first-person narrative biography of famed athlete Jim Thorpe (1887-1953). Thorpe is known as the greatest athlete who ever lived and his career in professional football and Major League Baseball stand as lasting testaments to this remarkable person. He was winner of Olympic gold medals in track and field during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The accounts of his early years and difficult times at Carlisle Indian School (residential school) are told with candor and modesty.