Writing as a historian of religion well acquainted with ethnological materials, John A Grim identifies four patterns in the shamanic experience: cosmology, tribal sanction, ritual reenactment, and trance experience. Relating those concepts to the Siberian and Ojibwe experiences, he draws on stories, sociology, anthropology, and psychology to paint a picture of shamanism that is both particularized and interpretative. As religious personalities, shamans are important today because of their singular ability to express symbolically the forces that animate the cosmology.
Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples is an easy-to-use handbook published by the Royal British Columbia Museum. Originally issued in 1975 this handbook will appeal to the general public user interested in knowing more about the edible wild plants of coastal British Columbia used by the First Nations. First Nations along the coastal region includes: the Haida, Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, and Tsimshian. The author is an ethnobotonist teaching at the University of Victoria.
Indian Use of Wild Plants for Crafts, Food, Medicine, and Charms is the unabridged reprint of Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians in the 44th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1928. Frances Densmore (1867-1957) was an ethnomusicologist with the Smithsonian Institution and her research into Ojibwe music brought her to the study of over 200 plants used by the Ojibwe of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northern Ontario from 1908-20.
First Nations Young People: Becoming Healthy Leaders for Today and Tomorrow, Part Two: Study Track/Career is a comprehensive package of activities designed for secondary level students. The first part deals with learning, communication, study skills, and test taking skills and includes activities, quotes and ideas for discussion. The second part deals with making the transition to the world of work by taking personal interest and skills inventories, awareness of employer requirements, planning a budget, researching in the job market, and creating a record book for use in job search.
First Nations Young People: Becoming Healthy Leaders For Today and Tomorrow Part One: Balance was developed by First Nations Education Division of the Greater Victoria School District, British Columbia. This school resource was designed to assist families, communities and schools who want to guide their young people in character development so that they become healthy leaders of tomorrow. The philosophy is based on First Nations ideals of balancing healthy mind, body, spirit and emotion.