Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq is a compelling combination of journal entries, poetry and short stories that offers a new voice to the growing field of Indigenous literature. Reading like a coming of age narrative about a young girl who covers traditional stories about animals and the Arctic environment, impacts of residential school, the role of family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and children, and teen pregnancy, this book has made a significant contribution to the literary world.
Tilly and the Crazy Eights by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith begins with eight Elders deciding to travel to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, each of them marking off an item on their “bucket lists” along the way – dancing at the powwow, visiting Las Vegas, spreading a sister’s ashes among the red rocks of Sedona.
There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange delves into the world of Native American urban population and presents the life stories of twelve men, women, and youth all on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The author’s debut novel examines the lives and cultural background of contemporary Indigenous people all searching for their personal identities. Among the characters are a small group bent on robbing the powwow organizers who threaten to bomb the venue. Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories includes 16 short stories that deal with the lives of Inuit characters with themes of everyday life, racism, colonialism, illness, rape and abuse at residential school, trauma, love and grief. Characters express their loves, loss, humour, addictions, anger and fears in these simply told stories. Raw dialogue and brutal sexuality, tender scenes of a loving couple are explored in the first person.
Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about twenty minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his three children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. Joseph is the Heritage/Lands Officer for his people and has been performing his duties for 20 years now. He has been tasked with protecting his people’s heritage from the many destructive elements of development in the Kwantlen territory.
Bearskin Diary: A Novel is the 2017-2018 title selected as the winner for First Nation Communities READ. Carol Daniels is the author and the publisher is Nightwood Editions. Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women.