The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
The Drum Story and accompanying DVD is produced by Reality Media. The Drum Story book and 20-minute DVD features the traditional knowledge and storytelling of Falcon Migwans from Manitoulin Island. The origin of the drum is told in English and Ojibwe with translation by Albert Owl and Vivian Roy. The book includes a brief introduction of Falcon Migwans and explains how he was gifted this account.
The Gathering is a 32-page well-illustrated picture book about a young child learning about a Mikmaw gathering, also known as mawiomi or a spiritual gathering. At the Gathering Alex is introduced to a variety of traditional powwow events such as learning about the sacred fire and fine arts and crafts. Alex and her older cousin participate in beading, watching how baskets and a canoe is made along with listening to the drummers and enjoying a traditional feast.
He Who Dreams by Cree/Scottish author is a new hi/lo title from Orca Publishers. Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide.
Testimony: A Memoir is the 2016 publication from singer, songwriter Robbie Robertson. On the fortieth anniversary of The Band’s legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson tells his own story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest music artists of the last half-century. This memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history.
Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.
Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music celebrates the vibrant sounds of Indigenous music from First Nations and Inuit musicians from Canada and Native Americans from the United States from the heartbeat of intertribal drums and “warble” of Native flutes to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electronic music.
Aboriginal Biographies: Musicians is one of the 2013 titles in Weigl Educational Publishers series about outstanding First Nation, Inuit, and Métis musical artists. This title provides biographical details about the lives and careers of Robbie Robertson, Tom Jackson, Susan Aglukark, Derek Miller, Tanya Tagaq, and Shane Yellowbird. This 32-page resource offers elementary students with an introduction to artists who have received Canadian and worldwide acclaim in their musical careers as singer, songwriter, and performers.
Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story is a 40-page picture book about the Mohawk/Jewish musician Robbie Robertson. Told through the storytelling of his son Sebastian Robertson, this biography traces the early childhood of Robbie from his introduction to music as played by his Mohawk relatives at Six Nations of the Grand River to his big break into the music industry with legendary Ronnie Hawkins. Through the remarkable images created in oils by book illustrator Adam Gustavson, the story takes the reader to key episodes in singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson's life story.