A Name For A Métis is the first children's picture book by Métis librarian, Deborah Delaronde of Duck Bay, Manitoba. She tells the humourous story about a young boy who wants a nickname. He asks his parents and grandparents for ideas for a traditional Ojibway name. They suggest all sort of names that could fit his personality and behavior. His mother suggests Gitchi Mangijaan or Great Big Nose because the boy is nosey about everything around him. The boy also comes up with ideas for a name such as Wajeppi, which means He is quick.
Where the Rivers Meet is a young adult novel by educator Don Sawyer. Set in the small town environment of British Columbia, the story revolves around a Native teenager, Nancy Antoine. She lives on a reserve just outside the town where she attends high school. A railway bridge over a treacherous river gorge links the town and reserve communities. The river and the environment figure prominently in the narrative. The author explores the daily prejudices endured by the Native students through the eyes of Nancy as she witnesses first hand the social disintegration of her community.
Eagle Feather: An Honour is one of popular children's picture books by Ojibwa artist and writer Ferguson Plain. In this story about a young boy and his Mishomis (grandfather), the author presents the reader with a moving story that explains the significance of the eagle feather in Ojibwe culture. The young boy grows up listening to his grandfather's teaching and stories. The boy learns about plants as medicines, camping, traditional songs, values, and lessons from the environment. As summer approaches, the boy's grandmother completes his Powwow outfit.
Honour the Sun is Ruby Slipperjack's first novel first published in 1987. Set in a small northern Ontario Native community, the story reads as diary entries from the viewpoint of a ten-year-old girl growing up in an extended family during the 1960s. Through the eyes of Owl, the reader is introduced to family relationships, seasonal activities, and the joys and frustrations of any ten-year-old girl. The people and lifestyle are seen through Owl's filter and the reader is not told many background details. Rather the first part of the book is a celebration of childhood.
OUT OF PRINT This title is unavailable from the publisher. Christopher's Folly is Beatrice (Culleton) Mosionier's first picture book for children. The noted Metis author of In Search of April Raintree, April Raintree, Spirit of the White Bison, and In the Spirit of Evil has produced a wonderful work for children about the environment that incorporates traditional storytelling with allegory. In this story, a young boy named Christopher refuses to take care of his pet dog, Princess.
OUT OF PRINT Tapping the Gift - Manitoba's First People is a collection of twenty-nine biographical sketches about Aboriginal heroes from Manitoba. The collection includes First Nations, Inuit and Metis men and women from the past and present. Each person has made a significant contribution in his or her own field of endeavor. The list includes athletes such as long distance runners Joe Keeper and Angela Chalmers, and hockey player Theoran Fleury. Political leaders at the national and local levels include Louis Stevenson, Phil Fontaine, Elijah Harper, George Baker, and Ila Bussidor.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher The Bead Pot is a picture book about a young Plains girl, Toniya Wakanwin. Every afternoon after the chores were finished she sat with her great-grandmother who was beading a pair of moccasins. Great-grandmother kept the coloured beads in a special bead pot. One day, great-grandmother died and Toniya was left alone. But she had the special bead pot and used it to keep her beads. The little girl grew older and married a man from the Southwest. Throughout her life Toniya continued to bead for her family and friends.
UNAVAILABLE Murdo Otipachimowin - Anikowachimowin Onchi Kiwetinonk is the Ojibwe edition of Murdo's Story - A Legend from Northern Manitoba. Murdo Scribe (1920-1983), a Swampy Cree educator, wrote this award-winning children's picture book from Norway House, Manitoba. 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.
UNAVAILABLE Murdo's Story - A Legend from Northern Manitoba is an award-winning children's picture book written by Murdo Scribe (1920-1983), a Swampy Cree educator from Norway House, Manitoba. 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.
OUT OF PRINT Place Where the Spirit Lives - Stories from the Archaeology and History of Manitoba provides a unique viewpoint of Manitoba's history by combining the findings from archaeological research and First Nations' teachings. The author and editor is an archaeologist by training whose belief in making archeological knowledge accessible to students inspired him to condense 11,000 years of history into seven stories. Each chapter samples a specific time period and uses the research findings from archaeological reports together with traditional teachings from Elders.