Me Artsy is the 2015 new release by renowned Ojibwe playwright and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor. Extending his previous anthology concepts (Me Funny and Me Sexy) Taylor selected fourteen artists' pieces about their selected artistic disciplines, including the fine arts, theatre, music, cuisine, fashion and film. Their essays contribute to our understanding of contemporary Indigenous career choices, identity, and achieving social change through traditional and contemporary arts.
Net-eth Going Out of the Darkness: An Exhibition of First Nations Artists, Residential School Survivors and their Descendants is a group exhibition catalogue of over twenty contemporary and traditional First Nations artists, among them are Indian Residential School survivors and their descendants whose work is a powerful testimony to their personal healing process.
Sous la Lune de Corbeau: Ba'naboy' laxa Gwa'wina 'Makwala is the French edition of David Bouchard's book, Beneath Raven Moon. Métis storyteller takes a Kwakwaka'wakw-inspired story about the important role of Grandmother Moon in the lives of the Earth's peoples and creates a bilingual (French/Kwak'wala) picture book. Moving colour art images by Andy Everson captures the mood of the story in surprising detail. Kwak'wala translation by Pauline Alfred and Pewi Alfred. The accompanying audio CD includes the story in French and Kwak'wala, with flute music provided by Mary Youngblood.
With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally weave in and out of the dialogics of the text. Governor General’s Poetry Award finalist (2011) for Discovery Passages. First Nation Communities Read 2013-2014 title.
First Nations Role Models is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary explores the contributions of four people living and working in British Columbia. Renae Morrisseau narrates the film and interviews Tom Lalonde (Metis), Greg Young-Ing (Cree), Verna Kirkness (Cree), and Barb Cranmer (Kwakwaka'wakw). Greg Young-Ing is the former publisher of Theytus publishing house; Verna Kirkness is a distinguished educator; and Barb Cramner is a fillmaker. All people profiled explain their goals and inspirations as they work for First Nations in Canada.
Native Women: Politics is a 24-minute DVD produced by First Nations Films. The documentary explores the complex role of British Columbia First Nations women as they pursue various aspects of self-government. The film profiles Gloria Morgan, Beth Wyss, Barb Charlie, Lavina White, Wendy Grant, Mary Williams, and Barb Cranmer. Each woman's background is described as well as her contribution to her First Nation's success.
Making Treaties DVD, produced by First Nations Films and broadcast on Global TV, is a 44-minute documentary that describes the historical background and current discussions surrounding the land rights and treaty issues in British Columbia. Filmmaker Richard Hersley takes the viewer on a journey of understanding surrounding the current issue of treaties and First Nations of B.C. The views of university professors (Paul Tennant), lawyers (John Burrows), local and provincial politicians, resource developers, and First Nations leaders are heard in honest dialogue.
Northwest Coast Indians is one of the information books in the Heinemann Library series, First Nations of North America. Books in the series offer information to grade four to six students about the cultural history of the major cultural regions of North America. This title discusses the Pacific Northwest culture region, including the Chinook, Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, and Tsimshian First Nations.
Diane Honey Jacobson's latest book, My Life with the Salmon, is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House, Diane's style in My Life with the Salmon is full of action, amazing adventures and fascinating connections between land, water and people. In My Life with the Salmon, we follow Honey through sometimes hilarious and sometimes difficult periods but we always learn a life lesson.
Kesu: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer is the beautifully illustrated book that records of the art, life, and influence of Doug Cranmer who called himself a "whittler" or "doodler" but who embodied "Indigenous modern" well before the term had been coined. Cranmer pioneered abstract and non-figurative paintings using Northwest Coast ovoids and U-shapes; embraced the practice of silk-screening on wood, paper, and burlap; and adapted power tools to new applications in art. Cranmer, a long-time teacher and mentor, inspired generations of young Northwest Coast artists in Alert Bay and beyond.