Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment is the 2008 Greystone publication by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with assistance from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama. This 61-page book offers a traditional Quechuan parable about achieving larger goals, and power, through a series of small actions, and describes how while a terrible fire rages in a forest, a small hummingbird works tirelessly by carrying single drops of water to help put out the blaze.
Haida: Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture is one of the titles in the Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture series published by Weigl Educational Publishers. This volume written by Jennifer Nault describes the cultural history of the Haida Nation, who live off the west coast of British Columbia on an archipelago called Haida Gwaii. The Haida Nation flourish in this environment and the book looks at their traditional homes, clothing styles, foods, tools, spirituality, ceremonies, music, dance, art, totem poles, language, and storytelling.
Aboriginal Biographies: Artists is one of the 2013 titles in Weigl Educational Publishers series about outstanding First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists. This title provides biographical details about the lives and careers of Christi Belcourt, Allen Sapp, Bill Reid, Norval Morrisseau, Alan Syliboy, and David Rueben Piqtoukun. This 32-page resource offers elementary students with an introduction to artists who have received Canadian and worldwide acclaim in their media. Bill Reid is the well-known sculptor, goldsmith, and painter.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the new release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The contributors, all women, use vibrant stories and personal narratives to offer insights into the unique nature of Indigenous leadership. These dynamic case studies reveal that Native leaders, whether formal or informal, ground their work in embodied concepts such as land, story, ancestors, and Elders, concepts rarely mentioned in mainstream studies of leadership.
Book of Play with Northwest Coast Native Art is a 20-page board book published by Native Northwest in 2012. This book offers early childhood students an opportunity to discover arithmetic concepts, ABCs, identifying colours while learning about Coast Salish, Haida, and Bella Bella art of the Northwest Coast. The book is made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating and is safe for young children. 10 artists have cooperated to create the board book's designs.
Where is Mouse Woman?: A Haida Journey is a 2012 board book published by Native Northwest publishing. This 16-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Mouse Woman is a respected Grandmother that often appears in Haida traditional stories. She is a special person who has the ability to change her appearance and is known for her advice she gives to children. In this board book illustrated and told by Haida artist Gryn White, a young girl goes in search of Mouse Woman to invite her to the potlatch.
Counting Wild Bears of the Native Northwest Coast is the 2012 board book published by Native Northwest. This 20-page board book is made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Haida artist Gryn White introduces young readers to the wild bears of Haida culture. Bears are an important part of Haida traditions because the ancestors have honoured and respected bears. To acknowledge this respect the Haida feature images of bears in their regalia and art.
Keepers of the Fire by Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh is a 54-minute documentary about the contemporary role of Native women in Canada. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada this 1994 DVD profiles Mohawk, Haida, Ojibwe, and Maliseet women who are defending and protecting their peoples' cultural traditions and lands. Whether it is Ellen Gabriel during the Oka crisis or Shirley Bear's artistic creations, these women show determination and spirit as they defend their culture's sovereignty.