OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. How Lone Crow Became Magpie is a children's picture book from Pemmican Publications. In this version of a Plains legend about the origin of the magpie, a young girl and her medicine-woman grandmother are out picking herbs. They come across a bush of raspberries that Grizzly Bear had missed. On the way back to the village they leave of trail of sweet berries that attracts Grizzly Bear's attention. While the girl organizes pine boughs in the family tipi, she leaves a baby in her care outside.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher In the Garden is a children's picture book about an urban Metis family and their struggles with daily living in an unfamiliar environment. The story is told from the viewpoint of the youngest daughter who begins by describing her sadness at the passing of her grandmother. To add to her grief, the eleven-year-old girl received only a handkerchief with blue forget-me-nots as a legacy. Grief turns to anger when the girl learns other relatives received a coin collection, scarves, and a rug.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Yesterday Stone is a children's picture book from Saskatchewan writer and storyteller Peter Eyvindson. In this story, the author weaves a magical tale about a young girl named Anna who has a special secret. The special secret is the gift of imagination inspired by her grandmother who possesses a simple stone she calls the yesterday stone. When she holds the stone, grandmother can see wonderful things from the past including events she now cherishes from her own childhood.
OUT OF PRINT This title is unavailable from GoodMinds.com Chinook is a children's picture book that retells a Plains legend about the origin of the Chinook winds. Long ago, a Plains woman named Chinook married her true love, Red Eagle. Their love was strong and when danger threatened their village, Red Eagle led the warriors in battle. Chinook longs for her beloved husband and one night a dream reveals that he is mortally wounded. Chinook leaves the safety of their teepee and goes out to the mountains in search of her lost husband.
Grampa and the Four Brothers is a chapter book by writer Don Sawyer. This story is an irreverent portrayal of a traditional vision quest as four brothers from the city answer their grandfather's challenge to locate the perfect yew tree branch that can serve as a walking stick. The brothers are carefree; they argue and tease each other. Except for the youngest brother, Sam. As the brothers prepare for the overnight stay in the woods searching for the perfect tree, the three oldest stock up on junk food. Sam thoughtfully considers the best foods to pack.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher The Slapshot Star is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Metis author Gloria Miller. In the story a young Native boy must leave his urban home and visit his grandparents. He insists on taking his Nintendo game but finds out there is no electricity at his grandparents' fish camp. The boy settles for his battery-operated game instead. During the visit, the boy learns to help around the camp. He encounters a problem when the batteries to his game no longer work.
Brothers In Arms is a collection of three novellas written by Métis author Jordan Wheeler, first published in 1989. The stories all reflect the title's theme, brothers. Hearse in Snow, Red Waves, and Exposure are all set within contemporary Native communities and each deals with real life emotional and physical crises. The young men in the stories express their anger, frustration and helplessness with situations that envelop them. Each male protagonist offers the reader a glimpse of the contemporary Native male perspective. However, Wheeler's narratives also express humour and subtle wit.
Murdo Otachanohkewin - Achanohkewin Kiwetinok Oschi is the Cree edition of Murdo's Story - A Legend from Northern Manitoba. Murdo Scribe (1920-1983), a Swampy Cree educator from Norway House, Manitoba, wrote this award-winning children's picture book. The author notes in the introduction that his concern for the traditional storytelling knowledge of the Elders promoted him to record this important story about the seasons and the origin of the Big Dipper constellation. Long before humans were on the Earth, certain animals and birds controlled the summer.
Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon is a story written especially for children by the noted Plains Cree scholar, Freda Ahenakew. In the introduction, the author explains why she has written this story about the Cree teacher and trickster in both English and Plains Cree. This story is about Wisahkecahk and his attempt to go to the moon. He convinces Crane to fly him to the moon. On the trip, Wisahkecahk clings to Crane's legs and by the time they reach the moon's surface Crane's legs have stretched to great length.
The Meaning of Respect is written by an experienced teacher and principal about a twelve-year old Cree student with an attitude. The boy is sent to his grandfather on the reserve for some "counselling" and "spiritual guidance" when he shows disrespect toward his teacher, school, and learning in general. The boy thinks this will be a wonderful holiday away from school. From the time he arrives at his Moshum's home, the boy is kept busy helping his grandfather hunt, fish, and trap.