On the Side of the Angels by Jose Amaujaq Kusugak and illustrated by Hwei Lim, is the memoir of Jose Amaujaq Kusugak's life. An excerpt is: "Then one day a ‘flyable’ took me away from our world through the sky to a dark and desolate place" and from his Arctic childhood, growing up playing games, enjoying food caught by hunters, and watching his mother preparing skins. He was one of the first generation of Inuit children who were taken from their homes and communities and sent to live in residential schools.
Northwest Resistance is the third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Northwest Resistance, Echo Desjardins continues her travels through time.
I Will See You Again is by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.
Take the Mic is edited by Bethany Morrow and is an anthology of fictional short stories, poems, prose and art that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. Take the Mic's powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache), Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D.
An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Mvskoke, and first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, is an anthology of poetry informed by her history and connection to the land. Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma. Joy Harjo returns to these lands and opens up a dialogue with history through her personal life stories through poems.
Found by Joseph Bruchac, Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected Elder among his people, is about Nick, a teenage survival expert who is being pursued by Dead Eyes who threw him off the train for witnessing something he should never have seen. Crossing rocky, mountainous, grass and forested land, Nick uses all his survival skills. He builds a fire, catches fish, finds himself with unexpected company in a cave yet always remembers his Grampa Elie’s stories and guidance.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.
Autumn’s Dawn by Kim Sigafus, Ojibwa, is the sequel to Nowhere to Hide also in the Pathfinders series. In Autumn’s Dawn, summer has arrived and Autumn visits her aunt Jessie in Minneapolis. She meets Jessie’s boyfriend and in reflecting on Jessie and Ryan’s relationship, she’s reminded of her parents’, Melissa and Tom’s, divorce and how she and her brother Sam want them to be a family again. Autumn has to spend two weeks at a summer school to pass into the next grade and she is paired with Sydney, who has bullied her previously.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness - A Resource Guide offers an important introduction to the way First Nations and Native Americans are portrayed in popular culture. Written by Mohawk scholar Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers details the ways in which Indigenous People have been categorized, displayed, portrayed, and exploited by Western culture and advertising. Fluffs and Feathers offers a sample of the range of images used to portray “Indians” in historical and contemporary North American society.