Nanabosho Steals Fire 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. In this picture book, a brother and sister hear the traditional explanation about the coming of fire.
Songs from the Loom - A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave is a sensitive and detailed account of a ten-year old Navajo girl's instruction in this traditional artform. The author and photographer, Monty Roessel, is Navajo and he shares his understanding and talent through the text and colour images of his daughter and mother. The story begins with the shearing of the family's sheep and preparation of the wool. Throughout the process, the grandmother explains the stories of how Spider Woman taught Changing Woman how to weave.
Story Circle One: The Battle of the Four Winds and Other Stories is a primary level reader developed for the Circle Program, an integrated ESL language arts program for Native students. The text contains four stories with illustrations by First Nations artists. The stories are adapted specifically for First Nations students.
Native American Doctor - The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte is the remarkable biography of an Omaha woman who lived from 1865-1915. Susan LaFlesche was the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school. This is the story of her life as a young girl, her education and her work as a doctor and activist for her people. The text is easy to read and is well documented. The text contains archival photographs, an index, and bibliography. This text is recommended for grades 6 to 9.
Kinaalda - A Navajo Girl Grows Up is the story of a thirteen-year-old Navajo girl as she prepares and participates in her coming-of-age ceremony. This traditional ceremony is still held by modern-day Navajo and the book shows one family's role in their daughter's Kinaalda. The text explains the origin of the ceremony and how an urban family observes it on the Navajo Reservation. Writer and photographer Monty Roessel is a Navajo freelance photographer. His sensitive text and colour images convey the importance of Elders in passing on traditional knowledge to the younger generation.
Someday is a play written by award-winning Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. This play takes place on a fictional Ojibway Indian reserve somewhere in Ontario. It could be set in any Native community in Canada because it deals with a painful time when thousands of Native children were removed from their families during the notorious "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Anne Wabung's daughter was taken from her by children's aid workers when the girl was a toddler. Now, 35 years later at Christmastime, Anne's hope to be reunited with her daughter is realized.
Story Basket Two is a primary level reader developed for the Circle Program, an integrated ESL language arts program for Native students at the grade two reading level. The reader contains three illustrated stories. The Hungry Mink incorporates a traditional Cree story told by Victoria Beardy. This story teaches the consequences of being too greedy. Artist Michael Robinson illustrates this story in his distinctive style. Lenore Keeshig-Tobias wrote the story, A Dancer Can Wear One, Too. In this story two friends love to fancy dance with their shawls.
Story Basket Three is a primary level reader developed for the Circle Program, an integrated ESL language arts program for Native students. The text contains three stories with illustrations by First Nations artists. The stories are adapted specifically for First Nations students. The stories include an adaptation of the traditional Cree legend about Wee-sa-kay-jac and Kitchi-Assin; a contemporary story about a young girl who travels by small plane to attend a family wedding in another First Nation's community, and a story about hunting moose.
Renewal Teoni's Giveaway: Book Two is the second volume of Barbara Smith's epic fantasy based on Northwest Coast themes. The story revolves around Teoni and her life after she leaves her water home among the Anishoni, People of the Sea. The Anishoni had adopted Teoni as a young girl and taught her their way of life based on love and respect. Her return to the modern world of oil spills and environmental degradation is a fulfillment of a prophecy. She brings a vision of healing to our troubled world.
The Moccasin Maker is an annotated anthology of Emily Pauline Johnson's (1861-1913) short story collection first published in 1913. This University of Oklahoma Press edition is edited by A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff. It contains all of the original short stories that appeared in the original publication. The stories include: My Mother; Catharine of the "Crow's Nest"; A Red Girl's Reasoning; The Envoy Extraordinary; A Pagan in St.