Broad Winged Hawk: A Book of Poetry and Short Stories is a collection of short stories, editorials, and poems by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin writer Albert Dumont. The book is organized into themes that focus on personal healing issues as well as the seasons, residential schools, honouring veterans, challenging racism, respect, women, and love. Of particular note is a short drama called The Canoe where a mean-spirited teacher challenges the First Nation boy's identity and attempts to humiliate him in a classroom of non-Native students.
Powwow's Coming is a celebration of the contemporary powwow in picture book format. Teacher Linda Boyden provides a rhyming verse to attract young children to the fun one can enjoy at a powwow. Boyden skillfully takes the main points of a powwow and creates anticipation in the charming verse. She invites children to listen for the drum and then to watch as the powwow grounds are set up with the vendors' booths. The cut-paper collage illustrations on each page with the accompanying text provide children with an understanding of the contemporary event.
Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns by Tlicho (Dogrib) writer Richard Van Camp offers new parents a charming board book for baby. This lyrical poem offers a gentle song to read aloud to baby. The 24-page board book contains stunning and evocative photographs of newborns and infants with their parents. The photos show multicultural parents and children which will appeal to everyone. This book is selected as a recommended title in the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program.
Nokum Ma Voix Et Mon Coeur is the French language edition of Nokum is My Teacher by David Bouchard. Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in French and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community.
Enduring Wisdom: Sayings from Native Americans is a collection of quotes from historic and contemporary Aboriginal People by children's author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. The quotes are organized into themes such as Mother Earth, The People, War and Peace, Spirit Life, and Enduring Wisdom. Whether it is a brief quote from a Dakota high school student from 1996 or an excerpt from Pontiac's 1760 speech about the Creator, the selections speak to readers through their passionate oratory.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools is a personal memoir from a boarding school (residential school) survivor who attended the Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge Reservation for ten years. Giago is an award-winning journalist from the Pine Ridge Reservation who also founded Lakota Times (now the Indian Country Times). His recollections are paired with heart-felt poems about his years spent at boarding school. The first part of the book presents his perspective as a survivor.
Under the Mesquite is a 224-page moving free-verse, coming of age novel told in the first person by Lupita, a teen with a large Mexican American family living in small-town Texas. In her first year of high school Lupita learns that her beloved Mother has cancer. So the teen bravely takes care of her seven younger siblings as she retains her love of words and writing poetry. Mother was an amazing gardener and draws strength from her flowers planted in the yard near the little mesquite tree.