In the Words of Elders: Aboriginal Cultures in Transition is a collection of interviews with 16 Elders and traditional teachers. The Native Studies Department at Trent University responded to the need for a text that provided an overview of First Nations teachings from the perspective of the Elders. Traditional teachers representing a variety of traditions and culture areas of Canada were selected and interviewed. The result is a compelling collection of first person narratives that address a range of topics.
OUT OF PRINT Council Fire: A Resource Guide is a publication produced by the Woodland Cultural Centre. The book describes the role of governance in two traditional First Nations - the Six Nations Iroquois and the Ojibwe. The Resource Guide presents the historical background to the repatriation of fourteen wampum belts from a museum to their home community. These wampum records are important to the functioning of the Iroquois traditional government. A brief history of the Six Nations community and the establishment of The Great Law of Peace are presented from the Iroquois perspective.
OUT OF PRINT As Snow Before the Summer Sun: An Exhibit on our Relationship to the Natural Environment â€“ A Resource Guide examines the spiritual values of the Hodenosaunee/Iroquois, James Bay Cree, and Lubicon Cree from a First Nation's perspective. The Woodland Cultural Centre organized the exhibition and conference of the same name in 1992. Exhibition guest curator Dawn J. Hill from Six Nations of the Grand River wrote the Resource Guide. Her respect for the spiritual knowledge of the Elders is evident. The book is divided into three sections.
Indian Use of Wild Plants for Crafts, Food, Medicine, and Charms is the unabridged reprint of Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians in the 44th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1928. Frances Densmore (1867-1957) was an ethnomusicologist with the Smithsonian Institution and her research into Ojibwe music brought her to the study of over 200 plants used by the Ojibwe of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northern Ontario from 1908-20.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher In The Native Creative Process: A Collaborative Discourse Between Douglas Cardinal and Jeannette Armstrong, architect and writer explore literary and artistic creative processes from a contemporary Native perspective. Each artist discusses values, knowledge, spirituality and creativity from their unique viewpoints. Douglas Cardinal is a Metis architect whose award-winning building designs reflect his view that design is a spiritual process.
Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from Around the World presents creation, animal and trickster stories told by Indigenous peoples. The anthology covers a wide variety of cultures from the Juruna of Brazil, to the Ashanti of Ghana, and the Kiowa of United States. The final section includes the stories of well-known contemporary Indigenous writers. These Tales to Live By offer the writings of Linda Hogan, Joseph Bruchac, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko and Rigoberta Menchu. The original sources are identified for each story.
In Peace, Power, Righteousness: an indigenous manifesto, Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred presents a strong, well-reasoned argument for First Nations communities to return to their traditional political values in order to achieve true self-determination through the power of reason. Alfred draws on the traditional teachings of The Great Law of Peace for his inspiration. He maintains that only when Aboriginal communities are grounded in their traditional values of consensus-based government will they succeed in healing the divisions.
Rotiianehrenhseraka:ion Kanien'keha Tehontenonhwera:tons - Traditional Mohawk Ceremonies was produced in Mohawk and English by the Kanehsatake Resource Centre. The bilingual book explains the annual cycle of ceremonies maintained by the Mohawk people. These ceremonies of thanksgiving begin with Midwinter. The simple descriptions for each ceremony are written in Mohawk and English and are accompanied by full-colour illustrations by Kanehsatake artist Ellen Gabriel. Also included is a brief description of the marriage ceremony.
Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism is a groundbreaking book by Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, a Mohawk scholar from Kahnawake. He explains the recent rise of Mohawk nationalism and their view of sovereignty by exploring the history of Kahnawake and their political institutions both traditional and contemporary. Mohawk interaction with the state is most often negative and the results are seen in the 1990 "Oka crisis". The book is based on the author's Ph.D. dissertation and the introductory chapter is devoted to political theory.