In this traditional Inuit story, The Legend of the Fog, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man's quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award-nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old traditional story to life for elementary readers.
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Ojibwe artist Leo Yerxa is a celebration of the seasonal change from fall to winter. Through prose poetry and collage images, Yerxa weaves an engaging account of a Nishnawbe (Ojibwe) parent and child who travel in the woods during autumn. They begin by paddling a canoe to an island where they walk through different types of terrain. As evening approaches the pair set up camp and they settle in for the night. Using their upturned canoe for shelter the two fall asleep hearing the wind howl.
Niiwin, Four Ojibwa Critter Tales is a self-published picture book featuring four brief Ojibwe stories about Nanabosho by Kathleen Coleclough of KaKwa Publishing. This small family-run business located in Saskatchewan is focused on cultural education. In this 20-page book four Elders go off berry picking. One Elder finds herself alone and enjoying the berries. She senses someone behind her but assumes it is one of her friends so she begins a one-sided conservation and in the process tells four short traditional stories.
Goodnight World is a 24-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. This board book is the opposite of the board book, Good morning World, and continues to reinforce worldview values of acknowledging the end of the day. In this simple format each of the animals, birds, and sea creatures say good night by dreaming, singing each other to sleep and various activities unique to each animal. Twenty-three Northwest Coast artists have contributed to this remarkable title but the book flows so well the viewer is unaware.
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science: The Integration of Native Knowledge in Math and Science at Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities is a collection of seven essays from tribal college faculty and administrators who share their experiences in creating courses that blend traditional knowledge with science and math subject areas. Michael Wassegijig Price discusses Ojibwe language components in the Leech Lake Tribal College's ethnobotany curriculum.
Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations is the fifth title in the Annick Press series, We Thought of It. This volume features the unique innovations and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of Latin America including the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. The chapters are organized around topics such as architecture, agriculture, arts and crafts, food, clothing, music and dance, communication, sports, celebrations, and Latin Americans today. Each topic contains either a two-page or four-page spread and explains the material with photographs, illustrations, and brief text selections.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by science journalist Charles Mann offers fans of his 1491 book a fresh interprepation of globalization. Taking a broad look at recent scientific, archaeological, anthropologists, and historians evidence, the author demonstrates how the creation of a worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico Cityùwhere Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interactedùthe center of the world.
Good Morning World is a 24-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. Haisla and Heiltsuk artist Paul Windsor has created the colourful Northwest Coast art designed as the reader is introduced to the worldview of the people of the Pacific Northwest. The book begins with welcoming the sun that shines on the birds and butterflies.
Ojibway Animals is a 12-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. Ojibwe artist Jason Adair draws on teachings from his culture and is inspired by the Woodland x-ray art style in the creation of 11 animal and bird images. Eagles fly high above the trees and inspire vision and bring blessings. Turtles live on the land and on the water demonstrating their patience and wisdom. The artist notes that the animals' protective spirits and powers offer us important life lessons.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.