Proud to be Inuvialuit, Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama is the fifth in The Land is Our Storybook series, James Pokiak and his daughter, Rebecca, go on a trip to harvest beluga whale from their home in Tuktoyuktuk, NWT. Harvesting and preparing beluga meat together as a family is an integral part of what it means to be Inuvialuit. Join James and Rebecca and learn about how the beluga whale is interlinked with Inuvialuit culture and history. This photo essay style offers students a 26-page information book packed with colour photographs, maps, and stories about the community of Tuktoyuktuk.
Anishinaabe Almanac: Living Through the Seasons is a 56-page illustrated information guide to the yearly cycle by Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) teacher Edward Benton-Banai. Provides key cultural and language details and traditional stories to explain the worldview and seasonal cycle of life for Ojibwe people in the past and today. Developed in a calendar format the colour illustrations explain the 13 moons, the important ceremonial cycle, and people's interdependence with the earth and all other life forms.
People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations was created by Aaron Nelson-Moody, Debbie Sparrow, Deborah Jacobs, Gary Fiegehen, Johnny Abraham, and Zach George and published by Theytus to celebrate the participation of the Four Host Nations in the Vancouver Olympics. The sacred legends of the four host First Nations, the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, have been passed down from generation to generation through the Elders and are integral to the teachings and oral traditions of First Nations peoples.
Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts by Cree/Saulteaux professor Margaret Kovach draws on the knowledge of six Indigenous scholars and offers a practical portal for anyone engaging in Indigenous research activities. Chapters discuss Indigenous epistemologies, decolonizing theory, story as method, situating self and culture, Indigenous methods, protocol, meaning-making, and ethics. The scholars interviewed include Michael Hart (Cree), Graham Smith (Maori), Jeannine Carriere (Metis), Cam Willet (Cree), Laara Fitznor (Cree), and Kathy Absolon (Ojibwe).
Fire and Water: Original Teachings and Today's Duties, Ojibwe Creation Story Literacy Companion is a publication from Ningwakwe Learning Press designed for adult literacy learners at the LBS Level 2. This 24-page teacher or tutor guide includes 5 lesson plans, a map of Ontario, word list, and Ojibwe Creation Story in CD format. The guide contains simple text pieces about the role of men and women in Ojibwe communities today. The responsibilities for women and men are described. Today First Nations men carry the responsibility of firekeepers; and women are the protectors of the water.
Noah's Last Canoe: The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe Building is a photographic record of the step-by step construction of a traditional 16-foot birch bark canoe constructed by Cree Elder Noah Custer, his wife Emma, and their children Peter and Anna. Created for the Manitoba Museum in the late 1960s, this canoe is a remarkable reconstruction of the traditional canoes made by Cree people in years past. The author and photographer of the book, Doug Evans, provides the commentary for the book and he describes the process to the best of his recollection.
Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings is a remarkable book by Wendy Makoons Geniusz, Ojibwe language professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. The book examines the way Euro-western academics have studied and classified traditional Ojibwe botanical knowledge and compares this methodology to the way traditional Ojibwe knowledge keepers maintain these teachings.
Memories, Myths and Dreams of an Ojibwe Leader is the new publication from McGill-Queen's University Press documenting the stories of traditional Ojibwe leader, William Berens (1866-1947). The stories, oral traditions, legends, dream experiences, reminiscences, and narratives were recorded by anthropologist A. Irving Hallowell (1892-1974). The collection is organized into four main sections that cover an introduction to the collaboration; Reminiscences of Chief William Berens; Dibaajimowinan, Stories and Dreams for Living; and Aadizookaanag, Myths.
Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the latest titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories. This picture book contains first-hand information about the community of Gameti through the stories and words of Therese Zoe, her brother-in-law Philip Zoe, and Philip's sister, Elizabeth Chocolate.
Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations is a collection of 13 essays by Indigenous scholars edited by Leanne Simpson. The collection offers readers an insight into Indigenous perspectives regarding colonialism, self-government, traditional knowledge, liberation, and the importance of the land. Writers from a range of First Nations offer Nation specific understandings about these issues in terms of economic development, treaties, politics, governance, environmental concerns, and social justice movements.