The Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid are those of Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa’xaid, and who is a respected Xenaksiala elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope — now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet.
Northwest Resistance is the third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Northwest Resistance, Echo Desjardins continues her travels through time.
Moving Forward: A Collection about Truth and Reconciliation supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in this 73-page anthology from Nelson's iLit Series. The reviewers are Melanie Brice (Métis from Saskatchewan), Jo-anne (J0) L. Chrona (Member of the Kitsumkalum, Band of the Ts'msyen Nation), Elizabeth Anne Cremo (Eskasoni First Nation), Troy Wm. Maracle (Mohawk), Eileen Marthiensen (Inuvialuk from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories), Shirley S. Nepinak (Member of the Anishinabe, Pine Creek First Nation), Jill Oman (Ojibway from Sagkeeng First Nation).
Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada is the second edition of this book and includes a rich array of graphic novel panels, speech excerpts, song and rap lyrics, recipes, interview, short stories, poetry, photographs, graphic art, articles, essays, and other pieces. This 2019 anthology edited by education advisors Rachel Mishenene (Anishinaabe), and Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse (Sagamok First Nation), addresses the need for Indigenous Literature course content in secondary school and college.
An American Sunrise by Jo Harjo, Mvskoke, and first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, is an anthology of poetry informed by her history and connection to the land. Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma. Jo Harjo returns to these lands and opens up a dialogue with history through her personal life stories through poems.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness - A Resource Guide offers an important introduction to the way First Nations and Native Americans are portrayed in popular culture. Written by Mohawk scholar Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers details the ways in which Indigenous People have been categorized, displayed, portrayed, and exploited by Western culture and advertising. Fluffs and Feathers offers a sample of the range of images used to portray “Indians” in historical and contemporary North American society.
Devil in the Woods, by D.A. Lockhart of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, is a series of letter and prayer fictional and real poems addressed to Canadian figures. The 69 poems are addressed to Shawn Atleo, Pierre Berton, Steve Wojeck, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley, K.D. Lang, Robertson Davies, and Don Cherry, among others, making these poems personal, conversational, approachable and capturing voice.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner includes a foreword by Joni Mitchell who like Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has ties to Saskatchewan and writes songs with emotion and a message, both walking their own paths. In this 298-page book, the prologue describes Buffy Sainte-Marie’s early interactions with the music scene that included the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, her blacklisting, touring, show business perspective with Vanguard and other artists singing or using her songs like Elvis Presley, and the power and intrinsic value of music, resistance and protest.
The McDonalds: The Lives & Legends of a Kaska Dena Family by Allison Tubman (Kaska Dena) is a photography book with accompanying text of The McDonalds from the northeast region of British Columbia. This book chronicles the McDonalds family in photos and stories contributed by family and friends, organizations, business owners, and historical societies. First Nation bands and Chiefs and Councils have also contributed to the success of this book. The McDonalds is a chronology of the lives of Old Man Sean McDonald and Ah-Soo and their fourteen children.