Living Treaties: Narrating Mi'kmaw Treaty Relations is a collection of 17 essays edited by Marie Battiste. Many of the contributors are Mi'kmaw and the authors are Stephen J Augustine, Pamela Palmater, Fred Metallic, Patrick J. Augustine, Jaime Battiste, Stuart Killen, James [Sa’kej] Youngblood Henderson, Russel Barsh, Natasha Simon, Daniel N. Paul, Douglas E. Brown, Kerry Prosper, Victor Carter-Julian, Naiomi Metallic, Eleanor Tu’ti Bernard, and Marie Battiste.
Since the Renaissance, liberal education has as its core tradition a Eurocentric multidisciplinary humanism - the study of literature, art, philosophy and history - grounded in ancient Greek and Latin texts. In what may be termed cognitive imperialism, the academy has largely ignored Aboriginal perspectives of humanity.
The poetry of Clay Pots and Bones is Lindsay Marshall’s way of telling stories, of speaking with others about what things that matter to him. His heritage. His people. His life as a Mi’kmaw. For the reader, Clay Pots and Bones is a colourful journey from early days, when the People of the Dawn understood, interacted with and travelled the land freely, to the turbulent present and the uncertain future where Marshall envisions a rebirth of the Mi’kmaq. The poetry challenges and enlightens.
Our Grandmothers' Words: Traditional Stories for Nurturing is a 64-page resource offering readers guidance about Mi’kmaq traditional wisdom for pregnancy and birth. Traditional child raising practices recognize that you begin to raise a child from the moment you know you are pregnant. This book shares the Grandmother’s understandings for pregnancy and birth as well as some traditional stories that are used to help guide and nurture parents and children as they grow together.
The Language of This Land, Mi'kma'ki is an exploration of Mi’kmaq worldview as expressed through language, legends and stories, song and dance, and traditional knowledge. Mi’kmaki refers to the territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory includes the island of Newfoundland, all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, much of New Brunswick and the Gaspé, and part of northeastern Maine.
Blood Brothers in Louisbourg by Philip Roy is a young adult historical fiction novel that features two male characters. Fifteen year old student Jacques is travelling to Louisbourg with his military-minded father. Jacques wants nothing more than to read Voltaire and play his music. His officer father wants Jacques to become a man and a soldier fighting for the French in Cape Breton's military fortress. The other main character is a Mi'kmaw youth named Two-feathers. This odd name represents the heritage of his Mi'kmaw mother and French military father.
Muin and The Seven Bird Hunters: A Mi'kmaw Night Sky Story is a well-crafted and designed picture book that retells the Mi'kmaq story about the night sky and the distinctive stars known as Ursa Major or the Big Dipper. This bilingual (Mi'kmaq and English) legend is carefully told by Lillian Marshall, Murdena Marshall, Prune Harris, and Cheryl Bartlett. Illustrations by Kristy Read and Sana Kavanagh are meant to visually engage the viewer with the cut-out style of the animals chasing the bear during the seasonal cycle of change.
Loon Rock, Pkwimu Wkuntem is a bilingual picture book written by children's author Maxine Trottier and translated into Mi'kmaq by Helen Sylliboy. The story explains the significance of a loon pictograph and the youth who fasted for his vision long ago. When children and adults pass this image on the flat rock, the parents explain the story of the loon image. English and Mi'kmaq appear on each page so readers can appreciate another language. This simple story fills a gap in the literature by providing a book about the Mi'kmaq of the east coast.
The Voyage of Wood Duck: Ta'n Teli Kaqasimiliala'sis Malsikws is a children's picture book written by Maxine Trottier that tells the bilingual story of a Mi'kmaq boy named Wood Duck and his dream. The boy always wondered about the sea and what might lay beyond. He respected the land and water. One day he decided to build a canoe and go on a voyage and find out if his dream would be fulfilled. Together with ten others from his village Wood Duck set off. They travelled over the waves. Finally one day they sighted land and strange people, who had fluffy, white animals.