UNAVAILABLE Documentary about the Native contribution of corn and its importance to various North and Central American Native Peoples. Using techniques such as modern dance, music, interviews and subtitled footage, Six Nations director explores the spiritual, practical and political aspects of growing corn.
Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience is an illuminating journey through the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Enrique Salmon weaves his historical and cultural knowledge as a renowned Indigenous ethnobotanist with stories American Indian farmers have shared with him to illustrate how traditional Indigenous foodways from the cultivation of crops to the preparation of meals are rooted in a time-honored understanding of environmental stewardship.
Aninâtigo-anîbîshan Kichi-makwang, The Maple Leaves of Kichi Makwa, Les feuilles d'erable de Kichi Makwa is a trilingual, children picture book by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin poet and storyteller Albert Dumont. This 25-page illustrated book features the story about the Maple Leaves and why they turn colour every autumn in Algonquin, English, and French. This story explains how the maple leaves turn into bright reds, oranges, and yellows every fall. The story begins with the green maple leaves complaining how boring their leaves appear.
Niiwin, Four Ojibwa Critter Tales is a self-published picture book featuring four brief Ojibwe stories about Nanabosho by Kathleen Coleclough of KaKwa Publishing. This small family-run business located in Saskatchewan is focused on cultural education. In this 20-page book four Elders go off berry picking. One Elder finds herself alone and enjoying the berries. She senses someone behind her but assumes it is one of her friends so she begins a one-sided conservation and in the process tells four short traditional stories.
In this traditional Inuit story, The Legend of the Fog, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man's quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award-nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old traditional story to life for elementary readers.
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Ojibwe artist Leo Yerxa is a celebration of the seasonal change from fall to winter. Through prose poetry and collage images, Yerxa weaves an engaging account of a Nishnawbe (Ojibwe) parent and child who travel in the woods during autumn. They begin by paddling a canoe to an island where they walk through different types of terrain. As evening approaches the pair set up camp and they settle in for the night. Using their upturned canoe for shelter the two fall asleep hearing the wind howl.
Goodnight World is a 24-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. This board book is the opposite of the board book, Good morning World, and continues to reinforce worldview values of acknowledging the end of the day. In this simple format each of the animals, birds, and sea creatures say good night by dreaming, singing each other to sleep and various activities unique to each animal. Twenty-three Northwest Coast artists have contributed to this remarkable title but the book flows so well the viewer is unaware.
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science: The Integration of Native Knowledge in Math and Science at Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities is a collection of seven essays from tribal college faculty and administrators who share their experiences in creating courses that blend traditional knowledge with science and math subject areas. Michael Wassegijig Price discusses Ojibwe language components in the Leech Lake Tribal College's ethnobotany curriculum.
Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations is the fifth title in the Annick Press series, We Thought of It. This volume features the unique innovations and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of Latin America including the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. The chapters are organized around topics such as architecture, agriculture, arts and crafts, food, clothing, music and dance, communication, sports, celebrations, and Latin Americans today. Each topic contains either a two-page or four-page spread and explains the material with photographs, illustrations, and brief text selections.