Unusual Friendships: A Little Black Cat and A Little White Rat is a picture boo that tells the story of an unusual friendship between a black cat and a white rat. This book by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier is full of colourful Métis affectations. With subtle references to the life of a Métis, the black cat is not accepted at the cat show as he is not considered a purebred. The white rat fiddles a tune, encouraging all the cats to learn to jig. They join together and achieve status and respect for who they are. In the end, they create a new jig called the Red River Cat Dance.
The Elders Are Watching, 5th edition, reflects collaboration between poet David Bouchard and artist Roy Henry Vickers. First released in 1990, this combination of poetic art explores the theme of First Nations and their relationship to the environment. Twenty-five evocative, colour images drawn by Vickers are combined with four-line verses written by Bouchard. Together the Tsimshian artist and the British Columbian teacher gently focus the reader's attention to the importance of the environment and the teachings of the elders.
E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose edited by Carole Gerson and Veronica Strong-Boag contains a generous selection of E. Pauline Johnson's (1861-1913) poems and prose writings. This collection includes 169 poems organized chronologically into periods such as The Early Years: Beginnings to 1888; The Prolific Years: 1889-1898; Later Years: 1899-1913; and Anonymous and Pseudonymous Poems.
Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology presents a selection of poems chosen from the wealth of Aboriginal poets in Canada and spans four decades from 1960 to 2000. The poets include well-known First Nation and Metis writers such as Chief Dan George, Rita Joe, Beth Brant, Duke Redbird, Wayne Keon, Jeannette Armstrong, Beth Cuthand, Lenore Keeshig-Tobias, Emma LaRoque, Lee Maracle, George Kenny, Duncan Mercredi, Daniel David Moses, Louise Halfe, Marilyn Dumont, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Connie Fife, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, and Gregory Scofield.
Iroquois Fires - The Six Nations Lyrics and Lore of Dawendine is a collection of writings by Bernice Loft Winslow, who was born in 1902 on Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Her mother was Cayuga, Ellen Johnson Loft, and her father was a Mohawk Chief, William D. Loft. Bernice became a school teacher at Six Nations, and during the 1930s lectured about her culture and history. Bernice Loft wrote poems and stories about her life on Six Nations in later years after her marriage to Arthur H. Winslow of Massachusetts.
Bent Box is Lee Maracle's most recent work. Her collection of 68 poems, written over the past two decades, conveys emotions ranging from quiet desperation to bitter anger to the depths of love. Her subject matter reveals the interests and observations of a contemporary Native woman living in North America. A sampling of themes and issues reveal poems about Zeller's, Leonard Peltier, her daughter, Nelson Mandela, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Lee Maracle is a prolific Aboriginal writer whose work blends prose and poetry. This important collection is her first book of poetry.
Opening in the Sky is the first book of poems published by Armand Garnet Ruffo. Many of the poems previously appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Ruffo draws on his Ojibway background to explore issues of identity, alienation, liberation, love and loss. This sensitive and powerful collection displays a fresh perspective of contemporary Native reality. Recommended for NaÃ¯ve literature courses at the senior high school and post secondary levels.
Voices in the Waterfall is a book of poetry by noted Cree writer Beth Cuthand. Previously released in 1989 this 2008 volume of poetry examines and reveals the rhythms and traditions of the People of the Plains. A writer and journalist, Beth Cuthand has published short stories and poetry, and has taught at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College. Her poem "Seven Songs for Uncle Louis" explores the impact of Louis Riel and the Northwest Rebellion from a Native woman's perspective.
Flint and Feather is a reprint of the book of verse first published by the Musson Book Company of Toronto in 1912. Emily Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was born at Chiefswood on the Six Nations Reserve to a Mohawk father and an English mother. Johnson's writing career began in 1895 with the publication of her first book of poems, White Wampum. She went on to write additional books of verse and prose. Her career as a stage entertainer took her across Canada and United States as well as England. In her stage career she adopted her grandfather's Mohawk name, Tekahionwake.
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English edited by Delaware playwright/poet Daniel David Moses and York University English Professor Terry Goldie has been revised in this fourth edition. The editors have added Armand Garnet Ruffo as a co-editor to this 20th anniversary edition. Ruffo has added a much-needed introduction to this 4th edition bringing this volume up-to-date. The wide-ranging survey of writing in English by Canadian Native authors features prose selections, traditional songs, short stories, plays, poems and essays.