The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701 by scholar Jon Parmenter, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University, offers a ground-breaking volume and intriguing new approach to the well-studied topic of Haudenosaunee's (Five Nations Iroquois) response to European contact. Parmenter applies sophisticated modern concepts about geography, space, and organization and the implications of these to the Iroquois nation occupying most of the area to the south and east of today's Lake Ontario.
The Dance of Person and Place: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy written by Shawnee philosopher Thomas M. Norton-Smith develops a rational reconstruction of Native American philosophy as a dance of person and place. He views Native American philosophy through the lens of a culturally sophisticated constructivism grounded in the work of contemporary American analytic philosopher Nelson Goodman, in which descriptions of the world (or “world versions”) satisfying certain criteria construct actual worlds—words make worlds.
Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture: Algonquin is one of the titles in the Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture series published by Weigl Educational Publishers. This volume written by Heather Kissock describes the cultural history of the Algonquin also known as the Anishinaabe, the people of the Woodland cultural region who live within Southern Ontario, and Quebec. Originally the Algonquin flourished in the areas around the Ottawa Valley where they first encountered the French.
French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630-1815 is a collection of 8 essays edited by Robert Englebert and Guillaume Teasdale. The collection examines the complex relationships between the French and various Indigenous Nations in the geographical area that includes the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, the Missouri River Valley, and Upper and Lower Louisiana. Contributing scholars include: Arnaud Balvay, Gilles Havard, Kathryn Magee Labelle, Robert Michael Morrissey, Christopher M. Parsons, John Reda, Nicole St-Onge, and Richard Weyhing.
First Contact is one of the titles in the TV series, Canada: A People's History. Published in 2006 this 67-page text offers elementary students a resource that covers First Nations and Inuit prior to contact; an introduction to early explorers (Columbus, Cabot, Cartier, Champlain; and the impacts of contact (disease, fur trade, whaling, missionaries) for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Told in 5 chapters the books present First Nation voices, as well as tools to understand perspectives and examine photographs and illustration.
Nous sommes tous des gens issus de traités is the French translation of We Are All Treaty People, the 34-page illustrated history produced by the Union of Ontario Indians to promote the understanding of treaties among all people in Ontario. Written by Maurice Switzer with coloured drawings by Charley Herbert the book offers students a brief look at history from the Anishinabek perspective. This French language edition is translated by Denyse De Bernardi. The Anishinabek Nation includes the Algonquin, Delaware, Mississauga, Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi.
Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario by Mi'kmaw professor Bonita Lawrence documents the Algonquins’ twenty-year struggle for identity and nationhood despite the imposition of a provincial boundary that divided them across two provinces, and the Indian Act, which denied federal recognition to two-thirds of Algonquins.
Wawahte: Indian Residential Schools recounts the life experiences of three Indian residential school survivors, as told to Kingston author Robert Wells, a retired Ontario Conservation Officer. Robert Wells made a promise to an Elder in his childhood that one day he would tell the stories of his three friends Esther Faries, Bunny Galvin and Stanley Stephens and after 14 months of research and interviews this self-published book was released in 2012. The unedited personal accounts reflect the author's commitment to his promise.
Dream Catchers: Legend, Lore, and Artifacts offers a unique perspective on the dream catcher, an item sold in airport souvenir stands, powwows, and novelty stores. Anthropologist Cath Oberholtzer traces the origins of this object that is most often found in Ojibwe culture and produces a 144-page coffee table book that explores in depth the meaning of this artifact. Originally made to ease the nightmares of a child, the dream catcher is traced to its cultural roots among the Algonquian Nations.