Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History by Shawn Smallman, a professor of international studies at Portland State University, in Oregon, traces previously recorded accounts by early missionaries, fur traders, colonial officials, anthropologists’ field notes, and legal authorities about the Algonquian phenomenon known as the windigo. This cannibalistic being with supernatural powers has been recorded in these early records by Europeans and continue to appear as a metaphor for selfishness in contemporary pop culture films and novels by non-Indigenous storytellers.
Painted Skies is a charming picture book by Nova Scotia author Carolyn Mallory about the northern lights seen in Arctic regions. Together with Amei Zhao, this 36-page book explores this phenomenon through the eyes of two friends. Oolipika, an Inuk girl, shares traditional knowledge about aqsarniit, the northern lights, with her friend Leslie. New to the Arctic, Leslie is afraid of the lights that appear to be coming closer to the girls. In her nervousness Leslie begins to whistle and the lights come even closer. Oolipika begins to click her finger nails together and hushes her friend.
Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology presents the as a complex ecosystem that contains many thriving habitats, each supported by dozens of ecological relationships between plants and animals. The Arctic is not a barren, frigid landscape filled with only ice and snow. From the many animals that live and hunt at the floe edge to the hundreds of insects that abound on the summer tundra, this book gives a detailed bird's-eye view of the fascinating ways that animals, plants, and insects coexist in the Arctic ecosystem.
How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik is a detailed how-to guide for building the traditional Inuit home or igloo and the long sled or qamutiik. Inuk skilled craftsman Solomon Awa provides these illustrated instructions along with general background information on each item's construction and importance for survival in the Arctic regions. This bilingual book contains parallel Inuktitut (syllabics) and English in this 40-page informative title. In Inuktitut, the title is Igluvigaliurniq qamusiurnirlu. It was translated by translated by Saa Pitseolak and Louise Flaherty.
Tuniit: Mysterious Folk of the Arctic introduces elementary-level readers to the huge, shy, powerful, ingenious race of Tuniit, the people who populated the Arctic even before the Inuit. The book describes the great impact these former giants of the Arctic had on some of the most well-known and practical aspects of Arctic life. By presenting the factual basis for many of the Inuit traditional beliefs about the Tuniit, this book provides readers with a blend of anthropology, history, and traditional knowledge.
In March 2010 the Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist and storyteller Eden Robinson at the 4th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Robinson shared an intimate look into the intricacies of family, culture, and place through her talk, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols and Modern Storytelling.
Aboriginal Knowledge for Economic Development analyzes the benefits, practices and challenges of Mi’kmaw and Maliseet Language Immersion programs, illustrating how these programs provide a solid foundation of worldview, ethics, values and identities that are essential for improved academic success, and examines the Honouring Traditional Knowledge Project, a two-year project to seek Elders’ views on how to include them and traditional knowledge in all aspects of community economic research and development.
Pimatisiwin: The Good Life, Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems by Swampy Cree scholar Priscilla Settee delivers a perspective of what it means to be alive while, at the same time, furthering Indigenous-based struggles for decolonization, social justice and intellectual thought. Using her personal learning path along with a detailed literature review of power politics within institutions of higher learning, the author details several case studies of Indigenous knowledges in the global Indigenous world.
Lecons de la Mere-Terre is the French language translation of Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod. In this story, a young girl goes out to the garden with her grandmother. The child has never visited the garden and the two leave the warmth of a log cabin and begin a long walk outdoors. As they walk, grandmother tells the child about nature and the proper way to pick berries and gather wild plants. They take just enough berries to eat and are careful not to trample the delicate plants.