Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future is a six volume set of 32-page books written by Simon Rose for Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer introductions to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the story of Canada. One volume is called Spiritually that explores spiritually in its many forms including topics such as worldview, ceremonies, the shaman, the sweat lodges, and sacred ceremonies today.
Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse and Our Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw Potlatch is a 92-page illustrated book published by Raven Publishing told from the perspective of a twelve-year old who explains the traditions and history of the Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw potlatch. Educator and author Nella Nelson presents the significance and traditions surrounding the potlatch from her personal experience through her expertise as a teacher.
Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Stories of Parenting in a Contemporary Society is a collection of stories, inspired by a wealth of experiences across space and time from a kokum, an auntie, two-spirit parents, a Metis mother, a Tlinglit/Anishnabe Metis mother and an allied feminist mother. This book is born our of the need to share experiences and stories. Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of passing on teachings and values that we have in our Indigenous communities.
WhaikÅrero: The World of MÄori Oratory examines the basic understanding of traditional MÄori oratory offered at significant gatherings of the people. Usually translated as art of oratory to non-Indigenous MÄori, this scholar Poia Rewi writes from the Indigenous perspective after interviewing 30 elders about this speechmaking. Poia Rewi assesses the origin and history of whaikÅrero; its structure, language and style of delivery; who may speak; and where speech happens.
Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.
Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations carefully curated selection of everyday reflections where award-winning author Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime as he muses on the universe, drawing inspiration from working in the bush--sawing and cutting and stacking wood for winter as well as the smudge ceremony to bring him closer to the Creator. Embers is Richard Wagamese's most personal and thought-provoking volume to date.
In The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spiritually, Blair Stonechild shares his sixty-year journey of learning-from residential school to PhD and beyond-while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.