Little Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer, a hereditary member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal British Columbia, tells the story of Little Wolf’s move to the big city with her mom and sister and how she has difficulty adjusting to their new life. She misses living close to nature and seeing animals wherever she goes, and she misses fishing with her grandfather and seeing dolphins leaping beside their boat. Most of all, she misses feeling connected to her culture. At school, Little Wolf has trouble fitting in. Although her class has kids from many different cultures, no one is Heiltsuk, like her.
If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden is by Kay Weisman and illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, whose ancestry includes the Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations. Roy Henry Vickers has created hauntingly beautiful images to accompany the captivating text. The manuscript has been vetted and approved by the scientists of the Clam Garden Network and Kwaxsistalla Wathl’thla Clan Chief Adam Dick. Sea gardens have been created by First Peoples on the Northwest Coast for more than three thousand years.
Trickster Drift is the second book in the Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk). Set over 40 chapters, Trickster Drift continues the story of Jared Martin, or as his mom calls him, Son of a Trickster, who is heading to school and who has been sober for a year. Settling into life in Vancouver means meeting up with family, friends and scariest of all, David.
Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View published in 2019 by Routledge offers the ideas of well-known education thinkers Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang. This 292-page volume features the works of 26 Indigenous and other scholars in fifteen essays in the series, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education. The authors represent a variety of cultural traditions including Maori, Samoa, Mayan, Navajo, Salish, Hesquiaht, Tlingit, Ojibwe, and others.
Orca Chief is the third picture book in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaborations, Raven Brings the Light (2013) and Cloudwalker (2014), are award-winning national bestsellers. Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor.