Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
How Medicine Came to the People: A Tale of the Ancient Cherokees is the picture book story of the origins of Cherokee herbal medicine. As the people begin to outnumber the animals and then to hunt them for their hides and meat, the days of peaceful coexistence are over. The animals take their revenge on the people by making them sick, creating rheumatism, coughs, and colds, aches and pains, fevers and swellings and rashes and allergies. The people are saved by their only remaining allies: the plants and trees that they have cultivated, who show them how to use herbal medicine to survive.
In Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo a leading Native American voice, details her journey to becoming a poet, artist and musician. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Joy Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice.
Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork is the compelling book based on an art exhibition explaining how First Nations and Métis floral beadwork became both a major means of artistic expression and a symbol of cultural resilience. It is also an important example of how two differing civilizations - Indigenous and European - established a common ground of economic and creative exchange. This companion publication to the exhibition celebrates the beauty and power of Native North American floral art.
Danny Blackgoat: Rugged Road to Freedom is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers from age 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read. Rugged Road to Freedom continues the story about Navajo teenager Danny Blackgoat who was taken prisoner during the Navajo Long Walk in 1864.
Little Brother of War is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read. Sixteen-year-old Mississippi Choctaw Randy Cheska has lived most of his young life in the shadow of his older football-hero brother, Jack.
The Creek is one of the titles in the Learner Publications series, Native American Histories. Each of the titles in this newly released series covers the basic historical and cultural traditions of the Nations being studied. Consultant for this Nation from the Southeast Culture Region was Joyce Bear, the Manager for the Cultural and Historical Preservation Office of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. This accurate and well-researched book for students in grade 3 to 6 contains numerous colour photographs as well as appropriate archival images.
The Seminoles one of the titles in the Learner Publications series, Native American Histories. Each of the titles in this newly released series covers the basic historical and cultural traditions of the Nations being studied. In this book, the Seminoles cultural history is described in four chapters. Each of the titles in the series benefits from the advice of a cultural/historical consultant. The cultural consultants for this book are Louise Gopher and Willie Johns of the Seminole Nation.
The Cherokee is one of the titles in the Native American Histories Series from Lerner Publications. Cherokee people have lived in North America for hundreds of years, and their long history includes both triumph and tragedy. Driven from their traditional homeland in the southeastern United States by white settlers in the 1800s, the Cherokees survived to create a new government and a new life. Today the Cherokee people live all over the United States and fill all walks of society.
Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah reads like a historical novel about the life and times of a Cherokee youth who went to a boarding school for Native Americans and became a leading sports coach for Native American students. Tommy Thompson (1903-1958) attended the Cherokee Orphan Training School (later known as Sequoyah Indian School) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma following the death of his mother. Here he began his educational experience at a government-run boarding school or residential school.