The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota Sioux chef, cookbook author, and promoter of indigenous cuisine with Beth Dooley, is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders.
Th’owxiya / The Hungry Feast Dish by Kwantlen First Nation writer, Joseph Dandurand, is the story of the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets and the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish of tempting, beautiful foods from around the world. But even surrounded by this delicious food, Th’owxiya herself craves only the taste of children. When she catches a hungry mouse named Kw’at’el stealing a piece of cheese from her dish, she threatens to devour Kw’at’el’s whole family, unless he can bring Th’owxiya two child spirits.
In The Range Eternal, Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tells the story of the heart of a home in the Turtle Mountains, It is a woodstove. This woodstove is where Mama makes her good soup, where she cooks a potato for warming hands on icy mornings, where she heats a stone for warming cold toes at night. It warms the winter nights and keeps Windigo, the ice monster, at bay.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is part of the series on Canada’s Changing Climate: Problems and Solutions. This series investigates the impact of climate change on Canada’s peoples, place and lifestyle. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is by Marla Tomlinson with content consultant Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation, and a professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University.
In Métis Camp Circle: A Bison Way of Life, author and artist Leah Marie Dorion, an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, transports young readers back in time when bison were the basis of Métis lifeways on the Plains. This book is translated into Michif by Norman Fleury, Michif Elder and gifted Michif storyteller. During much of the nineteenth century, bison hunting was integral to the Métis’ social, economic, and political life. As “People of the Buffalo,” the Métis were bison hunters par excellence.
Awâsis et la délicieuse bannique by Dallas Hunt, a teacher, writer, and member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta; and illustrated by Amanada Strong, a Michif Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Awâsis et la délicieuse bannique: Oh non! Awâsis perd les délicieuses banniques toutes fraîches de Kôhkum. Ne sachant que faire, elle décide de demander de l’aide à ses amis les animaux. Quelles aventures s’apprête-t-elle à vivre?
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, is edited by Devon Abbott Mihesuah, a Choctaw author and scholar; and Elizabeth Hoover, of Mohawk and Mi’kmaq ancestry. There is a foreword by Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the White Earth Nation, who is an environmentalist, economist, author, and prominent Native American activist working to restore and preserve indigenous cultures and lands.
In Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness, Devon A. Mihesuah, Choctaw author and scholar draws on the rich indigenous heritages of this continent to offer a helpful guide to a healthier life. Featuring an expanded array of tempting recipes of indigenous ingredients and practical advice about health, fitness, and becoming involved in the burgeoning indigenous food sovereignty movement. Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens features pointed discussions about the causes of the generally poor state of indigenous health today.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Gifts of His People is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta. In Siha Tooskin Knows the Gifts of His People, transportation, housing, agriculture, communications…there are so many modern conveniences but are they really modern?
Niqiliurniq: A Cookbook from Igloolik is compiled by Micah Arreak, Annie Desilets, Lucy Kappianaq, Glenda Kripanik, and Kanadaise Uyarasuk, who live in Igloolik, Nunavut. Niqiliurniq is a collection of recipes bringing together healthy traditional foods like seal, Arctic char, and caribou with store bought produce to create delicious meals that are an alternative to pre-packaged foods. Food safety, storage and information on how to build a healthy, nutritious diet is included in this book and will appeal to all levels of cooks. The tasty recipes are from the land and sea.