Nenapohs Legends, NÄ“napohsÌ† ÄhtahsÅkÄ“winan is volume 2 in the First Nations Language Reader series published by the University of Regina publications. This volume contains seven accounts that are the traditional teaching stories of Nenapohs, the Saulteaux (Plains Ojibwe) culture hero and trickster. Oral in origin, they have been passed on through generations by the traditional teachers, the Elders. For the first time, they are published and made available in Nahkawewin or Saulteaux, the westernmost dialect of the Ojibwe language.
Blackfoot Stories of Old Ákaitsinikssiistsi is the third volume in the First Nations Language Readers series meant for language learners and language users. This collection presents eight Blackfoot stories told by Lena Russell Ikkináínihki 'Gentle Singer,' a fluent speaker of Blackfoot from the Kainai (Blood) reserve in southern Alberta. In contrast with other Algonquian languages, such as Cree and Saulteaux (Ojibwe), Blackfoot is not usually written in syllabics, so these stories are presented in the Blackfoot language using the Roman alphabet, together with the English translation.
Woods Cree Stories - N¢ihithaw ¢acimowina is one of the titles in First Nations Language Readers 4 from the University of Regina Press. So often, it is through humour that the big lessons in life are learned|about responsibility, honour, hard work, and respect. Cree people are known for their wit, so the tales in Woods Cree Stories are filled with humour.
Walking in Balance: Meeyau-ossaewin is Ojibwe linguist Basil Johnston's third bilingual volume is the follow up to the teachings and lessons found in Gift to the Stars and Living in Harmony. This title contains 8 stories in English and Ojibwe beginning with Winonah; Maudjee-Kawiss; Pukawiss; Nana'b'oozoo - The Beginning; Never Take More Than; Wolves Teach Nana'b'oozoo; Cheeby--aub-oozoo; and Nana'b'oozoo's Revenge. The stories reflect a code of conduct inherent in Ojibwe teachings.
Cloudwalker by renowned Northwest Coast artist Roy Henry Vickers recounts in text and images the creation of the rivers the source of three of British Columbia’s largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers, the Nass, Skeena, and the Stikine, are the source of life for all creatures in the area. Cloudwalker is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This 40-page book explains the creation of these rivers. Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands.
The Country of Wolves: A Graphic Novel is a unique 2014 offering from Inhabit Media publishers. This 87-page graphic novel retells a traditional Inuit story about two brothers who find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. The hunters begin to look for landmarks or people to help them find their way back home. Eventually, they come to a camp and the two brothers split up to find help.
The Spirit of the Sea is an illustrated picture book telling the story of the spirit of the sea, known by many Inuktitut names including Nuliajuq, Sedna, and Takannaaluk, who is a key figure from the Inuit cosmology. Sedna was once a young woman who refused to marry, but the lies and deception of a treacherous bird and her own father's cowardice lead her to a life of solitude at the bottom of the ocean as the powerful, and at times vengeful, spirit of the sea.
The Hidden: A Compendium of Arctic Giants, Dwarves, Gnomes, Trolls, Faeries and Other Strange Beings from Inuit Oral History collection of field notes meticulously documents the dark side of Inuit legends, complete with hideous monsters and unspeakable deeds. Each creature is brought to life by the detailed illustrations of Mike Austin,. The Hidden exposes the dark beings that reside in Arctic shadows. This gothic illustrated book reminds readers that traditional oral traditions from the Arctic are authentic accounts from Inuit Elders retold in English.
L'Ours Géant: Un Conte Inuit is the French language edition of The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale. This 2012 picture book from Inhabit Media is written by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 34-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure.
The Blind Boy and the Loon is a retelling of a traditional Inuit story that both explains the origin of the narwhal and cautions listeners against the dangers of seeking revenge. This oral tradition is retained by Inuit storytellers and author Alethea Arnaquq-Baril explains this long narrative has been considerably shortened for this picture book published by Inhabit Media. This children's book is illustrated by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Dan Gies. Set in the distant past this story begins with a mother and her children.