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 152-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 Originally made to ease the nightmares of a child, the dream catcher is traced to its cultural roots among the Algonquian Nations.
Ojibwa: People of Forests and Prairies is a 160-page reference title about the Anishinaabe peoples. The author's approach is standard anthropological and historical but offers a wealth of colour images, maps, archival images, and references. The volume begins with an introduction to the languages, geography, and life prior to European contact. Historical contact period covers the War of 1812 and the signing of treaties between the people and the British, Americans, and Canadians.
Je Ne Suis Pas Un Numéro is the French language edition of I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis. It is the first French language children's picture book by the Ojibwe educator from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School.
Les Mots Qu'il Me Reste Violette Pesheens, pensionnaire à l'école résidentielle, nord de l'ontario, 1966 is the French edition of Scholastic's Cher Journal (Dear Canada) series. This story is the work of Ojibwe scholar and author Ruby Slipperjack. This French edition is translated from English by Martine Faubert. This 178-page story diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966.
First Starters by first-time graphic novel author Jen Storm published in the Debwe Series by Highwater Press. Illustrated in colour by Scott Henderson, this young adult graphic novel tells a story that stresses the importance of always being truthful. Teens from the Agamiing Reserve and the local town find themselves in serious trouble after a thoughtless prank ends with the reserve's gas bar burned down. After finding an old flare gun in his grandmother's garage, one teen proposes Ron and Ben go to the reserve's dump and shoot the flare gun.
Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow tells the life story of the man through the oral history and stories he had recounted to his relatives. Author of this account, Brian D. McInnes is a faculty member in the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a member of the Wasauksing First Nation, Brian is a great-grandson of Francis Pegahmagabow. Francis Pegahmagabow (1889–1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, was born in Shawanaga, Ontario.
Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America is a 2016 publication from Royal Ontario Museum Press celebrating the work of iconic Canadian artist Paul Kane (1810-1871). Published more than a century and a half after its original 1859 publication, Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America documents the artist’s years of travel between Toronto and the Pacific coast. The book depicts Kane’s journeys, the people he met, and the stories he heard, and includes 97 images referenced directly in Kane’s narrative, with 91 paintings drawn from the ROM’s collection.
Alex Janvier is the 2016 major retrospective monograph celebrating a lifetime of creativity and knowledge gained through the artist’s love of the land, art and First Nation culture. Essays by scholars (Lee-Ann Martin, Chris Dueker, and Greg A. Hill) and admirers offer original research and personal insight into Janvier’s imposing artistic and social stature. Alex Janvier was born in 1935 at Cold Lake First Nations, Alberta, and is of Dene Suline and Saulteaux (Ojibwe) ancestry. At the age of eight he was taken from his family and sent to Indian Residential School.
Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.