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 (English/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 English and Kwak'wala, with flute music provided by Mary Youngblood.
Paddling to Where I Stand: Agnes Alfred, Qwiqwasutinuxw Noblewoman is the memoirs of Agnes Alfred (c.1890-1992), a woman of the Kwakwakawakw Nation and one of the last great storytellers among her peers in the classic oral tradition. Agnes Alfred documents through myths, historical accounts, and personal reminiscences the foundations and the enduring pulse of her living culture. She shows how a First Nations woman managed to quietly fulfill her role as a noble matriarch in her ever-changing society, thus providing a role model for those who came after her.
Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.
Je Suis Corbeau (I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery) is the French edition by Métis author David Bouchard about the importance of understanding one's character. Using the exquisite illustrations of artist Andy Everson, the author explains this journey to self-knowledge using readily identifiable Northwest Coast imagery and story. Finding one's true identity through the story about a wise chief and his quest to organize a potlatch provides readers with concrete examples from the human and animal worlds.
Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Reins of Chaos is a small exhibition catalogue by Mary Anne Barkhouse of her 2008 exhibition that explored the story of the four horses of the apocalypse. This Kwakwaka'wakw artist uses rocking horses and the coin-operated children's rides once popular in the 1960s to challenge the viewer's understanding of Indigenous Peoples critique contemporary culture. The unique aspect of the installation is that gallery attendees were able to insert coins into the mechanical horses for a ride and the fees were donated to a local donkey sanctuary.
Qu'est-ce qu'on y voit? L'art autochtone de la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique is the French edition for What Am I Seeing?: Pacific Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art. This edition was translated by Andree-Marie Burton and Louise Bedard. This is an informative sixty-four page guide to art created by the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The guide is written by educator Karin Clark with the assistance of First Nations artists Jim Gilbert, Bell Helin, and Ron Stacy. The book begins with a brief overview of the First Nations who live in British Columbia.
Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art Traditions of the Northwest Coast is a stunning coffee-table art book that celebrates the art of 75 contemporary Northwest Coast artists. 85 colour photographs are included in this book that provides brief biographical essays and quotes from each of the selected artists. Works in wood, silver, glass sculpture, paint, metal, animal skin are featured.
Learning By Designing: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, volume 2 is the follow-up manual for Learning By Designing volume 1 and takes the reader further into an understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations art and design. The authors Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark provide teachers and students with a basic introduction to the art of the Northwest Coast as well as an understanding First Nations ethics and philosophy.
Learning By Designing: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, volume 1 is a comprehensive reference tool for anyone interested in the art designs of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations. Karin Clark and Jim Gilbert have provided an especially detailed resource that draws on their combined talents as educator and art teacher. While neither author has First Nations ancestry, they have both studied with and interviewed Northwest Coast artists and Elders.
Learning By Doing: Northwest Coast Native Indian Art by educator Karin Clark and artist Jim Gilbert offers elementary and secondary teachers a curriculum guide to teaching the basics of Northwest Coast art. The step-by-step instruction builds on simple designs to the more complex basics of drawing, designing, painting and carving. The work focuses on Kwakwaka'wakw designs and presents blackline masters, lessons, and assessment forms.