The Warriors is an excellent novel by Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac focused on the true meaning of Haudenosaunee lacrosse. In this contemporary story, Jake Forrest, a 12-year-old Haudenosaunee boy, tries to balance his traditional heritage in an urban setting. The story begins with Jake playing his favourite sport, lacrosse, in his home reservation community. Jake enjoys this team sport and has learned to appreciate the cultural teachings about lacrosse provided by his elders. Jake knows that the spiritual connection to the game is as important today as it was in the past.
Astonishing Women Artists: The Women's Hall of Fame Series profiles ten phenomenal women with a passion for art. Although Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashrvak is the only Aboriginal artist listed, her biography and contributions to Canadian art makes compelling reading. Additional artists include Mary Pratt, Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia, Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Catlett, and Faith Ringgold. Suitable for elementary and secondary school readers.
Who Will Tell My Brother? is a free verse narrative about a high school senior who tries to challenge his school's sports mascot. Evan Hill's father is Mohawk and his mother has a French background. Evan's older brother met the same degrading Indian mascot at the high school and was unable to convince the school and board to change it. Evan takes up his brother's cause as his own. Evan lives in a city far away from his father's reservation and his identity is an issue. Evan's features favour his mother but he takes offense at the stereotyped Indian mascot at the school.
Cherokee storyteller and illustrator combine their talents to create another title in the Grandmother Stories series. All titles are based on traditional Cherokee legends. In this picture book, Deborah Duvall takes the essence of a traditional legend and modifies the ending to weave a story about the proud Opossum and his incessant bragging. This Opossum in times gone by had a magnificent tale. He is so proud of the tail that his bragging begins to annoy his friends. Opossum learns a lesson about bragging in this revised conclusion as the author has softened the ending for younger readers.
Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay, first issued in 1993, has been re-released by Annick Press. Written by Peter Cumming, author and playwright, the picture book answers the question, what if a polar bear cub and child met on the ice in the middle of the bay. In this story a girl named Leah and Baby Boy Nanook each listen to their parents' warnings about not wandering off. But each little one goes out exploring and they both see an iceberg out on the ice in the middle of the bay.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Cherokee/Greek author's latest children's picture book retells The Emperor's New Clothes with the trickster, Coyote, as the main character. The cartoon-like illustrations make the book more like Wiley E. Coyote than any Native American Trickster.
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path is a recommended children's picture book about the life of an amazing athlete who was recognized Athlete of the Century by the American government in 1999. Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), Sac and Fox, was born in Oklahoma and excelled at sports. He attended Carlisle Indian School (residential/boarding school) where he played a variety of sports including football. Later in life he went to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden where he won both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Coyote Stories for Children: Tales from Native America is written specifically as a read-aloud book with four retellings of trickster stories. Susan Strauss is a storyteller who has rewritten stories about Coyote from four tribal legends. These include Coyote Gets His Powers, Okanogan; Monster Woman at the Coast, Wasco; Coyote and Spider Woman, Karok; and Coyote and the Grass People, Assiniboine. The author references the stories from written sources and explains that she used the originals as inspiration.