There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange delves into the world of Native American urban population and presents the life stories of twelve men, women, and youth all on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The author’s debut novel examines the lives and cultural background of contemporary Indigenous people all searching for their personal identities. Among the characters are a small group bent on robbing the powwow organizers who threaten to bomb the venue. Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
You Hold Me Up/ Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page dual language picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Fire Song is a young adult novel by first-time prose writer Adam Garnet Jones. Following the release of his independent film of the same name, Jones was approached by Annick Press because they believed this story would make a fine novel. Cree/Metis/Danish filmmaker found the task challenging and the result is potentially an award-winning book that will appeal to teens.
Kaqtukowa’tekete’w The Thundermaker is retold and illustrated in this 2018 paper edition by Mi’kmaw artist. This 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children explains the importance of thunder. In this account begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the 2018 paper edition release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
Chief Lightning Bolt is a fascinating historical fiction novel of the Mi'kmaq written by renowned Mikmaw historian and activist Daniel N. Paul. Best known for his account of the Mi'kmaq, We Were Not the Savages, this novel gives readers an account of the people and their worldview during the fifteenth century just prior to the onslaught of European military and settlers to their homeland.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.
The Muskox and the Caribou is a 32-page picture book about a young muskox that becomes separated from his herd and his mother. But he is found by a young caribou and his mother becoming part of the caribou herd. Mother caribou felt concern for this young animal and she brought him into her herd taking care of him and encouraging her caribou son to play with the muskox. Days passed and muskox grew larger and his differences among the young caribou grew more visible. One day when mother caribou was searching for the muskox herd she came across a few muskox in the distance.
Rez Rebel is the 2017 young adult novel by author Melanie Florence. In this book she writes with clarity and honesty about teen suicides in First Nations communities. Set in a fictionalized Cree reserve, main character Floyd Twofeathers, finds that his home community is undergoing devastating change and loss as young adults have attempted and succeeded suicide. His parents have their own approach that threatens to send his father into a depression.