Anishinaabe Almanac: Living Through the Seasons is a 56-page illustrated information guide to the yearly cycle by Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) teacher Edward Benton-Banai. Provides key cultural and language details and traditional stories to explain the worldview and seasonal cycle of life for Ojibwe people in the past and today. Developed in a calendar format the colour illustrations explain the 13 moons, the important ceremonial cycle, and people's interdependence with the earth and all other life forms.
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.
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.
Goodbye Buffalo Bay is the latest book from the writing team, Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden. This chapter book tells the story of Larry Loyie's teen years when he spent his final year at residential school and then went out into the world to make a living. This novel is the sequel to As Long as the River Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School and When the Spirits Dance. The years spent at residential school culminate in a final year spent with the priests and nuns and most importantly one's friends and siblings.
Living on the Edge: Nuu-Chah-Nulth History from an Ahousaht Chief's Perspective is part biographical memoir and part historical account of the Nuuchahnulth People of Clayoquot Sound. As the hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht People, Earl Maquinna George recounts his life's story and the cultural history of his people. The part biographical memoir offers readers insight into the life of a First Nation leader whose story covers history, politics, and contemporary issues facing all First Nations in Canada.
An Inuk Boy Becomes a Hunter is the straight-forward autobiography by Inuk hunter named John Igloliorte. Born in 1936 in Nain, Labrador, John describes his childhood years growing up in a family that struggled to survive. His father was disabled and the young John often went to live with other families in the community. Despite the hardships he tells his story with honesty and integrity. He recounts his schooling, living on the land, hunting, fishing, and playing games with other Inuit children.
Ten Legends Workbook: Ojibwa and Iroquois Legends, An Intermediate Workbook is the reprint edition published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. Originally developed by Hamilton Regional Indian Centre in 1998, this literacy workbook is appropriate for the Level Two learner. It is also a valuable resource for older elementary students who require high interest and low vocabulary materials from an Iroquois or Ojibwe perspective. The workbook contains 10 basic traditional stories or legends retold in English.
Omuskegowak: Cree People of James Bay is a bilingual Cree and English literacy workbook about the Cree People of James Bay and published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 72-page book contains the English edition and on the inverted pages the text is written in James Bay Cree (Western dialect) using syllabic characters. Language teacher Annie Ashamock wrote the text that consists of twelve brief sections that describe the cultural traditions and history of the James Bay Cree.
56-page book offers literacy students and secondary students an overview of the history and impact of residential schools in Canada. It also focuses on the intergenerational impacts by examining the circle in four stages (niiwinkiiyootaaseg) and addresses constructive methods to healing and developing healthy individuals, families, and communities.