The Sacred Tree, published by Four Worlds Development Project in 1984, was originally intended as a resource for Aboriginal communities involved in healing programs. Now in its 4th edition, The Sacred Tree remains a valuable book that provides an introduction to First Nations spirituality, identity, self-discovery, cultural and traditional values, and symbolism. The book can be used to assist students to understand themselves, their community, and the world around them.
Whale Snow tells the story of a young Inupiaq (Inuit/Eskimo) boy from Alaska who learns about his community's special relationship with bowhead whales. The picture book introduces a contemporary Inupiat village where a young boy watches his grandmother making Eskimo donuts in a modern home. Suddenly the boy notices that there are large, fat snowflakes slowing floating down from the sky. Grandmother explains that this type of snow is called whale snow and that means that a bowhead whale has given itself to the people. The curious boy wonders what people will do.
Ribambelle de rubans is the French edition of Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch. This is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding. The girl selflessly assists others during her walk to the community church when she encounters the harried groom who is lost and missing his shoe laces, the distressed bride whose hair is all askew, and a family whose wedding gift is in need of wrapping.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding. The girl selflessly assists others during her walk to the community church when she encounters the harried groom who is lost and missing his shoe laces, the distressed bride whose hair is all askew, and a family whose wedding gift is in need of wrapping.
Pueblo Storyteller is a colourful photo-essay about one 10-year-old Pueblo girl's family and their artistic and cultural traditions. April Trujillo lives with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. This contemporary Pueblo extended family's daily activities are described by April as she introduced the book's photographer Lawrence Migdale to bread making, pottery, drum making, and a special event. The girl begins by introducing herself, explaining her Pueblo name, and briefly outlining her community's history and culture.
Buffalo Days is a colourful photo-essay about one 10-year-old Crow boy's family and their cultural traditions. Clarence Three Irons, Jr. and his family live on the Crow Reservation along the Little Bighorn River in southern Montana. Nicknamed Indian, Clarence and his brothers and parents participate in Crow cultural traditions. The text explores Crow history, contemporary lifestyle, and most importantly, the importance of the buffalo to this Plains Nation. The significance of the buffalo herds of the past and the coming of the horse to this Nation in the early 1700s are outlined.
Owl's Eyes and Seeking a Spirit: Kootenai Indian Stories contains two retellings of Kootenai traditional stories specially developed by the Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. These stories were recorded by Kootenai Elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists. Originally published as part of the Indian Reading Series in 1981, this reissue is written at the grade four reading level. In Owl Eyes this brief story explains why Owl has large eyes. Owl's eyes are large because his friend Mouse was eaten by Snake. Owl was too late to assist his friend.
Onkwehonwe-Neha: Mohawk Way of Life written by Mohawk author Skonaganleh:ra Sylvia Maracle offers senior elementary and secondary school students an opportunity to read about the history of First Nations in Canada as well as the history of Six Nations Iroquois Onkwehonwe in a short 23-page illustrated book. The author takes readers through an understanding of the meaning of the word Onkwehonwe-Neha, explaining that the first part of the word reference the Mohawk name for the people or human beings.