Treaty Days: Reflections of an Indian Commissioner is part memoir and part first-person account of the career of Department of Indian Affairs employee William M. Graham. For forty years the author worked for the department first as clerk and later as Commissioner responsible for First Nations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was forced to retire in 1932. The book was edited by Hugh Dempsey with an introduction by James Dempsey.
Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art is an exhibition catalogue accompanying the Glenbow Museum's art exhibition that opened in February 2008. The catalogue celebrates the range and complexity of First Nations art of the past and present by combining museum artifacts with contemporary art pieces. The museum's collection showcases pieces that were collected from the First Nations of the northern Plains and Subarctic culture regions. These include children's moccasins, coats, a girl's jingle dress, a woman's saddle, men's shirts, pipe bags, and a pictograph robe.
My Tribe The Crees by Joseph F. Dion (1888-1960) begins this history of his people at the time of contact with Europeans. He explains the cultural life of the Cree of the Plains in chapters devoted to social customs, warfare, hunting and religion. His narrative then moves on to the impact of European contact and the devastating effects of disease, loss of the buffalo, treaties, and the reserve system. Joseph Dion is a direct descendent of Big Bear, and he writes with authority based on oral tradition.
Indian Tribes of Alberta was first published in 1979 by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. Hugh A. Dempsey's useful volume has been revised and expanded in this1997 volume. The text now includes a section about terminology and naming that describes the various names used over the years by historians and anthropologists when referring to "First Nations." The author has chosen to retain Indian but has incorporated First Nation terminology for specific Nations. Sixteen First Nations are included in this text that maintains an historical approach to the work.
OUT OF PRINT My People the Bloods was written by Mike Mountain Horse (1888-1964) about the history and culture of his Nation who are part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He describes the traditional lifestyle, culture, war, and stories of this Plains First Nation. My People The Bloods is a reprint of Mike Mountain Horse's historical account of his life as a member of the Blood Nation. Mike Mountain Horse was born in 1884 and attended an Anglican residential school in 1894. After his brother was killed in World War 1, he joined the Canadian army, serving overseas in France.
Quillwork of the Plains is the catalogue for an exhibition mounted by the Glenbow Museum in 1982. This lavishly illustrated book explains the spiritual significance of quillwork to the people of the Plains. Quillwork decorative techniques were employed by Native women on a variety of items including clothing, moccasins, pipe stems, bags and cradleboards. The book describes in detailed illustrations the various techniques such as weaving, wrapping, sewing and plaiting. The dyes used to colour the quills are also explained.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. I Walk in Two Worlds is the autobiography of Eleanor Brass, a Cree/Saulteaux woman born on the Peepeekisis Reserve in Saskatchewan in 1905. Brass describes her early childhood memories growing up on a farm and attending Indian boarding school. She documents her residential school experiences including physical and emotional abuses. At nineteen she married Hector Brass from the File Hills Colony. They moved to Regina where she held several jobs and helped to found the Regina Friendship Centre.