To Become a Human Being: The Message of Tadodaho Chief Leon Shenandoah is a collection of speeches and discussions Leon Shenandoah (Onondaga, 1915-1996) had with photographer Steve Wall. Over a thirteen-year period the photographer taped these talks given by Tadodaho (1967-1996) about Haudenosaunee worldview, the Peacemaker, Creation, Prophesies, Listening to the Instructions, and Becoming Human Beings. These inspirational messages are organized as narrative verse making this book accessible to secondary level students and the general public.
Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose from Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School is a poetry anthology with a difference. Collected in this anthology are 109 poems and short prose pieces authored by 61 former students of Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation between1997 to 2000. Poet and teacher Timothy McLaughlin encouraged the students in grades 5 to eight to compose poems and brief prose pieces. He selected and organized these moving and vibrant works into a solid collection.
Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water is a anthology of storytelling, poetry, speeches and works of non-fiction by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors with a connection to Manitoba. Manitowapow is the traditional word for the land that became known as Manitoba. The editors, Niigaanwewidom James Sinclair and Warren Cariou, have selected pieces that extend back into prehistory, the historical period of the fur trade and Northwest Resistance into the present day. The first entry is a brief description of the Traditional Systems of Writing in Manitoba prior to contact.
Ancient Thunder by Ojibwe author and illustrator Leo Yerxa is the 2006 winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration. Yerxa draws on his appreciation and delight for the wild horses of the Plains as inspiration for the book. In this unique tribute, Yerxa works with hand-made watercolour paper that has the appearance of leather. His technique, developed through patient experimentation, gives the magnificent images of galloping horses the sense that their thundering hooves are like a force of nature.
Kokum's Gift: Teachings from Ojibway and Cree Spirituality, Culture, and Traditions is a unique publication that is part art exhibition catalogue, part historical photograph archive, part quotable quote and part poetry collection. All this content was developed into a cohesive whole by Cree and Ojibwe artist and writer Gordon Miller. Born in Gogama, Ontario, a small town in Northern Ontario, Miller is a member of the Mattagami First Nation.
For a Girl Becoming by Creek poet and musician Joy Harjo is a picture book that celebrates the life stages of a girl from birth to adulthood in verse and colourful pastel illustrations. This 48-page work begins with a home birth as an extended family welcomes a new baby to the family. Both mother's and father's family bring gifts for the newborn. As the child grows and comes to new challenges and milestones her family is again encouraging her with words, blessings, and special gifts. The family offers words of knowledge as the girl grows up to be a woman of this extended family.
Hush, Baby, Hush!: Lullabies from Around the World is a picture book for young children that provides the lyrics for lullabies from 29 cultures around the world. The lyrics are provided in English and the original language for the bedtime song. The music for the songs is also provided. The cultures represented include Aboriginal people of Australia, Inuit, Wampanoag, Turkey, Iraq, Mexico, Hindi, Yoruba, Norway, Wales, Malawi, Spain, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, African American, Czech, Austria, Bangaladesh, Italy, France, Russia, Brazil, Hungary, Iran, Korea, Greece, and United Kingdom.
War Dances is Sherman Alexie's new collection of short stories, poetry, and question and answer sequences that cover personal victories and challenges. With his satirical wit and humour Alexie's collection is moving and heart-felt. The title story, War Dances, recounts his interaction with his dying father. Other themes include acculturation, cross-cultural issues, family relationships, deafness, and disability. Winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.
Plains Cree poet Louise Bernice is an award-winning author who has served as the Saskatchewan Provincial Poet Laureate. Her first collection of poems, Bear Bones and Feathers, comments on the erosion of old ways, the terrors of residential school and the pain inflicted by alcoholism. Despite the dark subject matter she offers a heart-felt portrait of her beloved grandmother, that speak truthfully about her family history. Her biting poems are written in a Cree-inflected English she calls her grassroots tongue.