Nk'Mip Chronicles: Art from the Inkameep Day School is a fascinating exhibition catalogue of children's art created at the Inkameep Day School on the Osoyoos First Nation, British Columbia. The unique feature of the catalogue is that the art was created by day students from the First Nation during the years 1931 to 1942 under the supervision of their teacher, Anthony Walsh. The First Nation day school found a supportive teacher in Anthony Walsh.
Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people— spatla or “monsters,” but this 2005 volume is more important for its presentation of historical narratives set in the more recent past.
Dancing with the Cranes is a wonderfully compelling children's picture book by Okanagan writer Jeannette Armstrong about First Nations girl and her family as they await the arrival of the cranes and the birth of a new baby. After losing her grandmother, the girl feels sad and lonely and doesn't really want a new brother or sister. Her patient mother explains death and dying as part of the cycle of life. The girl thinks about the spring migration of the cranes and anticipates their return.
Write It on Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller is a celebration of the late Harry Robinson, one of the great storytellers of the Interior Salish people of North America. Collected over a ten-year period, the stories selected for this volume tell from a First Nation point of view about the origin of the world; the time of the animal people; the time before the coming of the white man; the stories of power; the prophet cult and its predictions of profound cultural and economic change; and the post-contact world.
UNAVAILABLE The Queen's People: A Study of Hegemony, Coercion, and Accommodation among the Okanagan of Canada is an analysis of the realities of everyday life for Okanagan Indians on a reserve near Vernon. Peter Carstens applies the peasant model to the study of reserve systems and finds significant correlations. Questions of class, status, power, and institutionalized inequality also come into play.
Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, a member of the Colville Federated Tribes of eastern Washington State. She was the author of Cogewea, The Half-Blood (one of the first novels to be published by a Native American woman) and Coyote Stories, both reprinted as Bison Books. This autobiography weaves tribal history, Salish traditions, and a wealth of information of the female life cycle with the story of Quintasket's own childhood and coming of age on the Colville Reservation in Washington.
UNAVAILABLE Kou-Skelowh/We Are The People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends reintroduces in a single text three traditional stories in this revised reissue of How Food Was Given, How Names Were Given, and How Turtle Set the Animals Free. First published in 1984 as separate books, this trilogy of Okanagan stories contains time-honoured lessons for children - the values of respect and sharing. How Food Was Given tells the story of the animals and plants and their decision to give themselves as food for the people.
OUT OF PRINT ENWHISTEETKWA Walk in Water is a book for children by noted Okanagan writer Jeannette C. Armstrong. The story looks at life through the eyes of an eleven-year-old in 1860 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. During the seasonal cycle of activities, the Okanagan People encounter Europeans. The author allows the reader to understand what that first contact may have been like as seen through the eyes of a Native child. The chapter book concludes during the Fall season when foods are gathered and the people thank the Creator for all they are given.