Echoes of Our Dakota Ancestors by Doris Pratt (Duzahan Mani Win Oyake), and illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha is about enjoying imakhmakhap woyakapi (enjoyments that are told) in Dakota. Each chapter in this charmingly illustrated booklet focuses on a month of the year, with stories, poems and songs in the Dakota language. Doris Pratt, a long time language teacher and material developer, shares this Dakota collection to help students learn and practice the language.
Naanan Miskogwanawe- Miigiwewininiwag / Five Santas is a delightful story with a Christmas theme and is also a counting lesson for young learners of Ojibwe. Naanan Miskogwanawe-Miigiwewininiwag/Five Santas are hard at work getting ready for Christmas when one-by-one they get tired and fall asleep. Written by Stella Young; translated into Ojibwe by Judy Doolittle, Wanda Barker and Darcy Malcolm; and illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha, this charming softcover is the perfect addition to any child’s library.
Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is the second in a series by Language Facilitator, Wanda Barker, and illustrated by Nicole Burton. It is a great tool to assist with learning the Ojibwe language. Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is filled with beautiful illustrations, Anishinaabemowin/Ojibwe sentences and their English translations. The images can serve as a starting point for discussion of the cultural relevancy of the sentences associated with each letter.
Impact Colonialism in Canada is edited by Warren Cariou, Kathleen Vermette, and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. This is a collection of fiction, poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. This anthology features works by over 20 Indigenous Canadian writers including Beatrice Mosionier, Richard Van Camp, Rosanna Deerchild, and Janet Rogers. It focuses on the effects of colonialism in this country from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
Awesiyag Children's Ojibwe Activity Workbook by Judy Doolittle and illustrated by Amber Green is a fun and playful activity workbook to learn animal names in Ojibwe. Lively illustrations bring the animals to life. Practice how to write out the words, play matching games and colour your own animals! Ideal for home or school. (Also available in Cree).
Muskgege Carol's Traditional Medicines is written by Caroline Sanoffsky and illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton. Muskgege is a written record of traditional knowledge, passed down through the generations. It features descriptions and illustrations of 36 wild plants that can be used to make medicines. It is a beautiful and compelling reminder of the important role nature plays in First Nations culture.“We are all visitors to this land, our land has so much to offer, our land is overflowing with the medicines our bodies need, but we are only passing through.
Fisher Finds the Bag of Summer by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Amber Green, is a story about Warren who has a dream about an unending winter, with animals teaming up to search for the lost bag of summer and all under a blanket of stars. Just as in the Anishinaabe and Ininew legend, Fisher, a brave hunter, is chosen to bring the bag of summer back to their home. But will he find the bag in time, or will the summer animals ruin his plans to bring warmth to the northern lands?
Hidden Friends: Baapi and the Memegwesiwak, is inspired by the oral stories of Elder Dan Thomas and delightfully illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha, this children’s book tells the story of a boy named Baapi and an important lesson he learns about caring for the earth. It’s a lesson he hears from some special, hidden friends.