OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. How the Pinto Got Her Colour is a children's book that retells the story about how the Creator made the pinto ponies. Long ago in the distant past, the Creator made all the horses white in colour. This feature caused much confusion among herds and even the Creator had a difficult time identifying individual horses. One mare in particular was special to the Creator and He ensured that this mare and her new foal would have a safe and loving home.
Nanabosho: How the Turtle Got Its Shell is one of the popular titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joe McLellan. The author, who is also a teacher, believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. In this picture book, the story begins with two Native children who hear the story about how the turtle received a shell.
The Crying Christmas Tree is a heartwarming Christmas story published by Métis publishing house, Pemmican Publications. In this children's picture book, author Allan Crow (Ojibwe from Whitefish Bay) tells a story about an elderly Native couple who lived years ago on he Whitefish Bay Reserve. The reserve was many miles (kilometers) from the nearest town and people travelled two days by horse and sleigh in order to shop in town during the winter months.
The Aboriginal Alphabet for Children is a slim volume of words whose first letters reflect cultural artifacts from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit traditions. Developed by Evelyn Ballantyne of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and illustrated by J. Marleen Ross and Noah Hood also from Opaskwayak, the book covers each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) with a word and includes an illustration and single sentence to illuminate the meaning of the object.
Metis Legacy ll: Michif Culture, Heritage, and Folkways is the second edition in the Metis legacy series published by Pemmican and Gabriel Dumont Institute. This collection of essays and stories about Metis history and culture contains traditional storytelling, contemporary oral traditions, and selected retellings from the Nanabush repertoire. Family life, clothing, hide tanning, porcupine quillwork, foods and food preparation, medicines and remedies, games, music, dances, and languages are detailed in the volume.
UNAVAILABLE This title is unavailable from the publisher. Flour Sack Flora is a children's picture book from about a Métis girl who needs a dress in order to go to town with her parents. Set sometime in the 1940s in a Canadian prairie community, the story provides an interesting approach to explaining Métis lifestyle and family values. While Flora and her grandmother work to complete a "pretty" dress made from flour sacks, the reader is introduced to a caring family and community. Community members barter and trade bits of lace and embroidery thread for Flora's small treasures.