The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701 is a recent historical study by professor of history at Cornell Jon Parmenter. The period under study is the late precolonial period of Haudenosaunee history a time from contact with Europeans to final settlement on reserves and reservations.
Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future is a collection of 35 articles, papers, and speeches that provides Indigenous Peoples perspectives on the environment. Specific Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) articles include John Mohawk's short Thanksgiving Address; the Iroquois Confederacy; Food knowledge of our ancestors; climate change; and Indigenous view of nature. Oren Lyons has several contributions such as listening to natural law; and a democracy based on peace. Mohawk midwife Katsi Cook's essay discusses environmental and reproductive justice.
Inuit Shamanism and Christianity: Transitions and Transformations in the Twentieth Century co-written by anthropologists Frederic Laugrand and Jarich Oosten studies the resilience of Inuit cosmology with a focus on shamanism and its transformation after the adoption of Christianity. Using both archival material and oral testimony collected during workshops in Nunavut between 1996 and 2008, the authors are convinced Inuit spirituality did not decline following contact.
Ojibwe Clans: Ojibwe Doodemag is an 18-page illustrated information book written and illustrated by James Mishibinijima for Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute. Each Ojibwe clan is explained with a brief paragraph about the nature of the clan and the role it plays in society. This English and Ojibwe text introduces readers to the importance of family and community in Ojibwe culture. Melvina Corbiere provides the Ojibwe language translation.
Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations Teacher Resource is a 340-page binder and CD package written for the Ontario Ministry of Education's Native Studies Grade 11 course (NBV3C). Co-published by Pearson Education Canada and GoodMinds.com, this Teacher Guide and Student Text utilized a collaborative process involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and non-Aboriginal teachers, cultural consultants, advisors, language consultants, artists, editors, and writers.
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations is the 2011 student textbook written for the Ontario Ministry of Education's Native Studies Grade 11 course (NBV3C). Co-published by Pearson Education Canada and GoodMinds.com, this student text utilized a collaborative process involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and non-Aboriginal teachers, cultural consultants, advisors, language consultants, artists, editors, and writers. Authors include Barbara Filion, Neal McLeod, Suzanne Methot, Shay-Lea O'Brien, and Tanya Senk.
The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom is a valuable resource book about the spirituality, values, and beliefs of the Ojibwe. This helpful resource is written by Thomas Peacock (A professor of education at University OF Minnesota Duluth) and Marlene Wisuri (Director of The Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet, Minnesota). The book is organized around the traditional teachings about the Four Hills of Life. The first hill is termed Abinoojiiyensag and covers the story of the beginning of life from conception to the birth of the baby.
The Vision Seeker is a children's picture book by Ojibwe author James Whetung from Curve Lake, Ontario. In this retelling of the origin of the sweat lodge, the author introduces young readers to one aspect of Ojibwe spirituality. The young boy in the story wishes that he could help his village overcome the constant warfare that had befallen the people. The boy's parents offer a solution. So the boy sets off to a distant mountain to undertake his vision quest. The vision quest is a time of fasting and dreaming. The boy has only four kernels of corn for sustenance during the quest.