When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry is edited by Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019; with Leanne Howe, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Jennifer Elise Foerster, a member of the Muscogee Nation; and contributing editors. This anthology gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations.
Land-Water-Sky / Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà, a Dene woman from the Northwest Territories is the story of a vexatious shapeshifter who walks among humans. Shadowy beasts skulk at the edges of the woods. A ghostly apparition haunts a lonely stretch of highway. Spirits and legends rise and join together to protect the north.
Spirit Bear: Rendre hommage aux souvenirs, semer des rêves Basé sur une histoire vraie (Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams) is an award-winning picture book in the Spirit Bear series written by Order of Canada recipient Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan Nation) and illustrated by Amanda Strong (Michif). In this story Spirit Bear is on his way home from a sacred ceremony when he meets Jake, a friendly dog, with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes.
Rougarou is the French translation of Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline, Metis; traduit par Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné. Dans Rougarou Joan a le cœur brisé. Voilà plus d’un an qu’elle s’épuise à chercher son mari, Victor, qui a disparu dans la nuit dès leur première dispute, le soir où il a suggéré de vendre à des promoteurs la terre ancestrale qu’elle a héritée de son père. Depuis, elle sillonne les routes de la baie Géorgienne, bien décidée à savoir si Victor est mort ou s’il l’a simplement laissé tomber, comme le pensent sa famille et tout le village métis d’Arcand.
Return of the Forest Spirit: The Repatriation Journey of the G'spgolox Totem Pole, by Anders Björklund, Swedish ethnologist, and translated with commentary by Tom Ellett, includes a foreword by Amalaxa Louisa Smith, a direct descendant of Chief G'psgolox of the Xenaaksiala people of Kemano/Kitlope, British Columbia, and the eldest matriarch of the "House of G'spgolox." In the 1870s Chief G'psgolox of the Kitlope people in British Columbia encountered a spirit in the forest and erected a commemoration pole.
Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii is written by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Haida) and Sara Florence Davidson (Haida/Settler), and illustrated by Alyssa Koski, a member of the Kainai Nation, and Judy Hilgemann, a Haida Gwaii–based artist and illustrator. The Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii is a story about the rich and vibrant culture of the Haida Gwaii whose origins date back thousands of years.
We Learn from the Sun by David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings. A Teacher Lesson Plan and Resource Guide accompanies this book (and is available from GoodMinds.com). The colorful illustrations are by Métis illustrator Kristy Cameron.
We Remember the Coming of the White Man is a collaborative work authored by Elizabeth Yakeleya, a Willow Lake Dene who was born in 1906 in Norman Wells and was educated at the convent in Fort Providence; Sarah Simon, Gwich’in, who was born in the Delta of the Mackenzie River in 1901; Mary Wilson; Joe Blondin; John Blondin; Isadore Yukon; Peter Thompson; Jim Sittichinli; Johnny Kaye; Andrew Kunnizzi; and other Sahtú and Gwich’in Dene Elders. We Remember the Coming of the White Man is edited by Sarah Stewart.
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories is written and illustrated by Isaac Murdoch or Manzinapkinegego'anaabe / Bombgiizhik who is from the fish clan of Serpent River First Nation and a well respected storyteller and traditional knowledge holder; and Christi Belcourt, a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people. In The Trail of Nenaboozhoo, Nenaboozhoo, the creator spirit-being of Ojibway legend, gave the people many gifts.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Sacred Eagle Feather is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta.