OUT OF PRINT The Restless Nomad is the autobiography of Alice/Masak French, an Inuit woman from the Mackenzie River Delta region. Her remarkable narrative begins in 1944 when her father arrives at the Anglican residential school in Aklavik to take Alice back to her new family. Alice resided in the school from the age of six until fourteen. She is barely able to communicate in Inupeak with her father's new wife and her siblings. In fact her stepsister wonders why there is a new girl living with them.
No End of Grief - Indian Residential Schools in Canada is a documentary history of the residential school era in Canada. Agnes Grant teaches in a Native Teacher Education Program at Brandon University and utilized these connections for many informal interviews with former residential school survivors in the writing of this text. She relies heavily on secondary published sources, and has also researched Record Group 10 Indian Affairs Records that relate to residential schools.
UNAVAILABLE This title is currently unavailable from the publisher Our Bit of Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature is edited by Agnes Grant, professor with the Native Teacher Training program at Brandon University. Despite the 1990 publication date, this collection of poems, short stories, excerpts from novels, memoirs, biographies and autobiographies, as well as traditional creation stories and legends remains an excellent introduction for senior elementary, and secondary students.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available through GoodMinds.com My Kokum Called Today is a wonderful story about a twelve-year old Cree girl as she plans to visit her Kokum (grandmother). This picture book explains the girl's anticipation through simple text and sensitive pastel-coloured drawings. The girl and her mother live in the city and her grandmother lives on the reserve. These different geographic loactions are captured through the illustrations. Grandmother invites her daughter and grandaughter to a round dance and this invitation recalls previous visits to powwows.
Grandfather Drum is one of a series of children's picture books by Ojibwa artist and writer Ferguson Plain. In this book, the author tells a story within a story. The book begins as the narrator, a young boy, describes how his grandfather tells stories. He explains the protocol for telling stories and how his grandfather uses the drum in storytelling. Respect for the drum is always shown and grandfather uses sweetgrass to smudge the drum. One of the boy's favourite stories is about the Great White Owl and Nanaboozhoo, the Ojibwa teacher.
Rolly's Bear is fifth in a series of children's picture books by Ojibwa artist and writer Ferguson Plain. In this book, the author tells a humourous tall tale story about an Ojibwa Elder, Ol' Rolly. Ol' Rolly goes for a walk every morning to the Community Administration Building. The narrator is a young boy who sees Ol' Rolly walk by his house each day. This young boy enjoys hearing Ol' Rolly tell stories about the past and often visits his friend. This story is about a bear hunt and how Ol' Rolly supposedly shot the bear.
UNAVAILABLE This title is unavailable from the publisher. Little White Cabin is one of a series of children's picture books by Ojibwa artist and writer Ferguson Plain. In this book, the author tells the story of a young boy who becomes friends with an Elder. As he gets to know the Elder, they take walks in the woods and during these walks the Elder passes on traditional knowledge. The Elder often tells stories to the boy and the boy helps the Elder with chores. Once while they are walking in the woods, the Elder gives the boy a gift of sweetgrass and explains its importance.
Nanabosho Dances is one of the titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joseph 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 (Anishinabek) trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. Two children visit their grandparents and begin preparations for the powwow season. While they are working on their outfits, Mishomis (grandfather) tells the children a story about the origin of the hoop dance.
Nanabosho Grants a Wish is the most recent title in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's authors, Joseph and Matrine McLellan. The authors believe in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. They take traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weave a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. This story is set as a story within a story. Nonie is having a birthday party and all her friends and relatives are present. Nonie's brother sees snow falling and tells the group that he wishes for lots of snow.