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.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE Writings of American Indian Movement (AIM) activitst imprisoned in Leavanworth Prison for the 1975 shooting of two FBI agents. Serving two life sentence, Peltier writes in essay and poetry formats about his life, spiritual beliefs and his time in solitary confinement.
When Clay Sings is a picture book that is really a basic introduction to archaeology. Pieces of broken pots are scattered over the desert hillsides of the Southwest. The map included in this picture book indicates the four ancient cultures are the Anasazi, the Hohokam, the Mimbres, and the Mogollon. Author Byrd Baylor explains that each pottery shard tells a story and contains the spirit of the traditional potter who created it.
Un Cantique Autochtone is the French edition of An Aboriginal Carol, a recent release from Red Deer Press that truly represents the collaboration of Métis author David Bouchard, Inuit musician Susan Aglukark, and Ojibwe artist Moses Beaver. Each artist brings their unique talents to a newly revised version of the Huron Carol. Based on the original Jesus ahatonhia written by Jean de Brebeuf, this picture book contains a CD with the readings of the carol in English and Inuktitut as well as the song performed in Inuktitut by Susan Aglukark.
The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land by Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac retells ten verses about the star constellation known as the Great Bear or Big Dipper. Set long ago in a Mohawk village, the first page introduces readers to a grandchild and her grandmother working outside the family's longhouse at dusk. The little girl wants to go inside to the safety of the longhouse but grandmother tells the girl that if they wait a bit longer they will see the Sky Bear or Celestial Bear in the night sky. Bruchac weaves 10 different tribal songs into poetic verse.
Raven Tells Stories: An Anthology of Alaskan Native Writing is a collection of poetry, essays, plays, and short stories by 23 Indigenous Alaskan writers This anthology of Indigenous writers from Alaska helps map the rich and unique identity of the Alaskan people. Included in the book are biographies of the selected writers and bibliographies of their books. The authors include Diane E. Benson, Fred Bigjim, Robert H. Davis, Mary Lockwood, Yvone Mozee, Glen Simson, and Mary TallMountain.