The Drum Calls Softly is Métis writer David Bouchard's picture book co-written with educator Shelley Willier and illustrated by Jim Poitras. The story is told in rhyming verse as the narrator celebrates with others the joy of the round dance and the music of the drum. This bilingual Cree and English book offers readers insight into the cultural understanding of First Nations by drawing them into the circle. They explore the seasons, the life cycle, cultural values, and making new friends. The 32-page book is illustrated with colour paintings of the dance by Jim Poitras.
Cedar Child Hear the Teachings is a literacy and Ojibwe language book and CD published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 33-page literacy reader was written by James Bay Cree teacher and interpreter Annie Ashamock. The book discusses her life experiences and traditional teachings that have guided her life.
Talking with Mother Earth (Hablando con Madre Tierra) is a bilingual (Spanish and English) picture book that celebrates the Indigenous People of Central America and their appreciation for the land and all creation. The poems in the book are told by the Pipil Nahua Indian author, Jorge Argueta, as a young boy growing up in El Salvador. As a boy he has two names, Tetl (Nahual) and Jorge (Spanish). The spiritual connection to Mother Earth transcends all Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and that thankfulness is clearly expressed in the poems.
A Little Boy Catches a Whale is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French title is Un petit garçon pêche une baleine. The Mi'kmaq title is L'pa'tu'ji'j ne'pa'tl putupl. Allison Mitcham tells the English version of this story that is adapted from Silas Rand's original collection, Legends of the Micmacs, first issued in 1894. Helen Sylliboy provides the Mi'kmaq translation, and Judith Perron translated the English text into French.
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children is an award-winning children's picture book written and illustrated by Sakaw Cree (Woodland Cree) educator Dale Auger. The story tells about a long ago hunter, proud of his hunting skills and his reputation as a provider, that he began to enjoy the praise so much that he stopped hunting. As the people grew hungry, the hunter decided that his skills were so great that he could find food anytime. He didn't realize that he had lost his special gift and no longer knew where to locate the animals.
Tuk and the Whale is a chapter book that tells the story of a first contact situation between an Inuit hunting camp on Baffin Island and European whalers during the early 1600s. Storyteller Raquel Rivera has written the account of the lost and helpless whalers meeting Inuit hunters through the perspective of a young Inuk boy, Tuk. Tuk's family is in their winter camp as he sees an odd boat of Qallunnaat or foreigners. The men from the boat are hungry and want to enlist the aid of the Inuit in finding and killing the Arvik, a large black whale.
Ten Legends Workbook: Ojibwa and Iroquois Legends, An Intermediate Workbook is the reprint edition published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. Originally developed by Hamilton Regional Indian Centre in 1998, this literacy workbook is appropriate for the Level Two learner. It is also a valuable resource for older elementary students who require high interest and low vocabulary materials from an Iroquois or Ojibwe perspective. The workbook contains 10 basic traditional stories or legends retold in English.
Harvesting: Cree Hunting and Gathering Techniques by Edmund Metatawabin is published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 60-page book offers readers with an understanding of the James Bay Cree (Mushkegowuk) traditional economy of hunting, fishing, and gathering. Told in a fictional story format the book explains the traditional techniques that continue to sustain the people of western James Bay. A young man finds the teachings of his Elders critical for his survival in the bush as he applies the teachings to his northern environment.
American Indian: American Regional Cooking Library is one of the titles in Mason Crest Publishers series, American Regional Cooking Library. This hardcover book features basic information about Native American cooking and food preparation in the modern kitchen. The author includes information about safety, metric conversion table, pan sizes, and useful tools and utensils. The book includes 20 recipes from the various cultural regions of North America and each recipe is accompanied by a colour photograph of the finished product.
Rudeness: Deal With It If You Please is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines modern etiquette for students and how students can demonstrate good manners. Rudeness and lack of common courtesy are defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.