Nipin and the Rocks is based on the bedtime story told by Métis author Victoria Bouvier to her young son. Storytelling rocks are important pieces of a traditional First Nation culture. These old ones carry the history and knowledge of the people. They carry the stories. Nipin and the Rocks is one of the stories. Long ago a Cree grandfather called Mosom was the keeper of the storytelling rocks. Each rock represented a particular story handed down to him by his Elder. During the telling of the creation story a young boy called Nipin sat in the circle with Mosom and others.
Where is Mouse Woman?: A Haida Journey is a 2012 board book published by Native Northwest publishing. This 16-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Mouse Woman is a respected Grandmother that often appears in Haida traditional stories. She is a special person who has the ability to change her appearance and is known for her advice she gives to children. In this board book illustrated and told by Haida artist Gryn White, a young girl goes in search of Mouse Woman to invite her to the potlatch.
The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale is a 2012 picture book from Inhabit Media written by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 34-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure. The man and his wife lived on the land in their snow house or iglu.
Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story is a 32-page picture book that explains why rabbits have powder puff tails and how pussy willows came to be. Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac cooperate to write this humourous story. They retell this Haudenosaunee legend about Rabbit’s impatience and longing for snow even in the summertime. Rabbit has a long and fluffy tail and he enjoys the tasty leaves on top of willow trees. Rabbit takes his drum and sings a song about the coming of snow. He carries on so much the other animals become annoyed but Rabbit continues.
Living in Harmony, Mino-nawae-indawaewin is the second title by Ojibwe linguist and storyteller Basil Johnson in the Anishinaubaemowin Series. This collection, commissioned by Zagamok Wasseyaankaan Anishinaabebigewin, contains 10 stories in English. The Ojibwe language version follows each story. These legends and oral traditions are meant to be read aloud resources for elementary students. They are also suitable for adult literacy students and anyone interested in knowing more about Anishinaabe traditional stories.
The Mighty Glooscap Transforms Animals and Landscape is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French section is Le maître Glooscap transforme animaux et paysage and is translated by Rejean Roy. The Mi’kmaq section is Mawiknat Klu’skap Sa’se’wo’laji Wi’sisk aqq Sa’se’wa’toq Maqamikew and is translated by Serena Sock. The English section is written by Allison Mitcham. The illustrated story explains how the geography of New Brunswick came to be. It also explains why the animals appear in their current shape and size.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Circle Program - Grade 2 is a language arts program kit that contains several booklets and audiocassettes designed to integrate music, art, and games with other reading and writing activities. Organized thematically, the series is designed for Native students who speak English as a second language, but is also suitable for students with an interest in the northern environment and traditional Aboriginal legends and art work.
OUT OF PRINT This kit is no longer available from the publisher. Circle Program - Kindergarten Level is a language arts program kit that contains several booklets and audiocassettes designed to integrate music, art, and games with other reading and writing activities. Organized thematically, the series is designed for Native students who speak English as a second language, but is also suitable for students with an interest in the northern environment and traditional Aboriginal legends and art work.
Inuit Legends CD produced by CBC Radio North is a 2-disc spoken word CD that contains five traditional Inuit stories. The first disc is the English language version and the second is the Inuktitut version. The legends are The Orphan Shaman, The Three Stars-How the constellation was formed, Nuliajuk-Sedna the Sea Goddess, Poor Fisherman, Illimarasujuk-The legend of starvation, desperation and the creation of mosquitos. Actors featured include Inuit men and women as well as throat singers who provide background vocals.