Meet Your Family is by David Bouchard who was named to the Order of Canada in 2009 for his contributions as an author of children's books. David is Métis/Ojibway of the Martin Clan, his Ojibway name is Zhiibaayaanakwad. Meet Your Family is illustrated by Kristy Cameron who is of Métis descent. Meet Your Family is a story about Mother Earth. We come from her, we go to her, without her we wouldn't be here, she gives all of us life and because of her we are all one family. In many segments of Indigenous life we speak of Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun, and Grandmother Moon.
Long Powwow Nights, Iskewsis, Dear Mother / Mawio'mi Amasiwula'kwl, Iskewsis, Nkij, is a moving picture book co-written by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk. The bilingual 32-page book has text in English and Mi'kmaq and access to an audio recording of the book. Bouchard's rhythmic poems are inspired by the child's fond memories of powwows attended with his mother. Raised in a single parent family, the narrator shows his love for the powwow event, the dancers, the long car rides to the powwow, and the intricate regalia.
The Secret of Your Name / kiimooch ka shinikashooyen is the 2010 children's picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The French and Michif book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
In We Learn from the Sun Lesson Plan, David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem through activities for teachers. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings available at GoodMinds.com.
We Learn from the Sun by David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings. A Teacher Lesson Plan and Resource Guide accompanies this book (and is available from GoodMinds.com). The colorful illustrations are by Métis illustrator Kristy Cameron.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
La Grande Paix Kayaneren'ko:wa (The Great Law) inspired by the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace has just been published by Les Editions Des Plaines. This dual language (Mohawk and French) title was first written in rhyming fashion in Mohawk and English by David Bouchard with the assistance of Raymond Skye and Frank Miller. This version of the Great Law takes its rhyming scheme from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha (a misappropriated name Longfellow attached to his borrowed character).
The First Flute, Whowhoahyahzo Tohkohya is a new picture book collaboration from Métis storyteller David Bouchard and New Zealand illustrator Don Oelze. This book is a retelling of a traditional Dakota story about names and the origin of the first flute. David Bouchard tells the story of a young man given the name Dancing Raven. He was a dancer - the best from all the nations. But the other men and boys in his village don't appreciate Dancing Raven's talent - hunting, fishing and tracking are the truly important talents. Dancing Raven must prove to his village the importance of his song.