Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner includes a foreword by Joni Mitchell who like Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has ties to Saskatchewan and writes songs with emotion and a message, both walking their own paths. In this 298-page book, the prologue describes Buffy Sainte-Marie’s early interactions with the music scene that included the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, her blacklisting, touring, show business perspective with Vanguard and other artists singing or using her songs like Elvis Presley, and the power and intrinsic value of music, resistance and protest.
The McDonalds: The Lives & Legends of a Kaska Dena Family by Allison Tubman (Kaska Dena) is a photography book with accompanying text of The McDonalds from the northeast region of British Columbia. This book chronicles the McDonalds family in photos and stories contributed by family and friends, organizations, business owners, and historical societies. First Nation bands and Chiefs and Councils have also contributed to the success of this book. The McDonalds is a chronology of the lives of Old Man Sean McDonald and Ah-Soo and their fourteen children.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel is the story of Louis Riel’s people, the Métis Nation of the Canadian North-West. The Métis Nation are a new Indigenous people descended from First Nations and Europeans and their narrative is missing as Indigenous peoples of Canada. This was first discussed in 1909 by the Old Wolves. Questions such as who are the Métis, what makes them a Nation, where they are, and their Indian ancestry are all answered in this book, which covers the period from the 1790s to 2018.
Voices from the Skeena is a collaboration between oral historian Robert Budd and artist Roy Henry Vickers. The Skeena River, the second longest in British Columbia, and called the Xsien or Water of the Clouds by the Tsimshian and Gitksan for the role it plays in their lives, is also the focus of voices of other past inhabitants of the region. In this respect, by the 1800s the river was also home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers drawn to the region by the area's beauty and natural resources.
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.