Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.
When A Ghost Talks, Listen is the sequel to ‘How I Became A Ghost’ by Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller and award-winning author. Tim Tingle’s great-great-grandfather walked the Trail of Tears in 1835 and this trilogy is inspired by Tim Tingle walking the trail and from recordings of stories of tribal elders. The first book in the series, How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story, sets the scene in a story about the Choctaw removal process from the Choctaw homelands in Mississippi to the Oklahoma Reservation during the 1800s through the eyes of 10-year-old Isaac.
Clifford by Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, is dedicated to Harold Johnson’s older brother, Clifford Melton Johnson. Clifford is a memoir based on fact, fiction, and stories. The story begins in northern Saskatchewan on a highway construction project, where a Swedish/Sami immigrant and Cree, Nihiyithaw woman meet in the early 1900s. The story follows the lives of the Johnson family but especially the author and his brother, Clifford, and their discussions premised on their rational minds and internal messages.
Northern Wildflower is a memoir by Catherine Lafferty, Dene and Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, centred around her life in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. With a foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, this is the life story of Catherine Lafferty growing up and her struggle with intergenerational trauma, discrimination, poverty, addiction, love and loss.
Bawaajimo, A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature by Margaret Noodin, discusses Anishinaabe language and literature through the works of four writers representing a range of contemporary Anishinaabe literature: Louise Erdrich, Jim Northrup, Basil Johnston and Gerald Vizenor, who share a world view, a common cultural, linguistic and literary heritage. Their works reflect patterns of identity, conscious survival, universal life and stirred thoughts respectively.
Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp, Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, is a book of short stories. This current work includes Aliens - the story of gentle Jimmy; Super Indians, one of who plots revenge, and Wheetago wars about finding what is lost. There are many other stories about every day lives written with insight.
Author Richard Wagamese is named the 2013 Burt Award recipient for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature for his YA novel, Indian Horse. This edition is in French. Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he's a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he's sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he'll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he's led as a northern Ojibwe, with all its joys and sorrows.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.