The Blackfoot Dictionary of Stems, Roots and Affixes is the second edition of the dictionary originally published in 1989. This edition contains 300 new entries and amplifies over 1000 other entries. It contains more than 4,000 Blackfoot-English entries and an English index of more than 5,000 entries. Cultural terms are included in this comprehensive guide to the vocabulary of the Siksika language spoken in Alberta and Montana. Donald Frantz is Professor of Native Studies, University of Lethbridge.
Medicine River is a witty, engaging novel set in a contemporary Blackfoot (Siksika) reserve community, called Medicine River. Thomas King introduces two key characters, Harlan Bigbear and his photographer friend Will. Harlan is the classic trickster character who has a scheme for his recently returned friend Will. An award-winning news photographer Will returns for his mother's funeral. His best friend sets out to have Will photograph Medicine River Elders. Will sets up his new photography business in Medicine River and finds himself playing basketball for the community's team.
Truth and Bright Water is an interesting novel by Thomas King about two youths living along the Montana - Alberta border. The small American town is called Truth; and the reserve just across the border is called Bright Water. Cousin Lum tries desperately to wint the Indian Days race and so move away from his abusive parent. Cousin Tesumseh also attempts to understand his family. The easy to read style contains themes of love, betrayal, reconciliation, self-discovery and the search for meaning.
Voices in the Waterfall is a book of poetry by noted Cree writer Beth Cuthand. Previously released in 1989 this 2008 volume of poetry examines and reveals the rhythms and traditions of the People of the Plains. A writer and journalist, Beth Cuthand has published short stories and poetry, and has taught at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College. Her poem "Seven Songs for Uncle Louis" explores the impact of Louis Riel and the Northwest Rebellion from a Native woman's perspective.
Waterlily, published after Ella Deloria's death and generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century Sioux. When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family's camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles.
UNAVAILABLE Oglala Religion seeks to explain how the Oglala Sioux has preserved its social and cultural identity despite formidable attempts by the U.S. government to eliminate tribal societies. Treating continuity and change as two aspects of the same phenomenon, it focuses on the nature of the uniquely Oglala values that persist, their modes of cultural expression, and the processes by which they are replicated. William K. Powers was a professor of anthropology at Livingston College, Rutgers University.
The Little Duck, Sikihpsis in the Cree language, is a charming story told in English and Cree. Set among the Plains Cree, the story focuses on a little mud duck who dreams of dancing with the Cree. No matter how much he tries he just can't get it right. So he returns to the pond where much to his amazement there are many other ducks just like him. The universal message of learning the importance of self-worth will appeal to young children.
Native North American Art is part of the Oxford History of Art Series and this volume sets out to examine and describe the current state of the arts in contemporary Canada and the United States. Berlo and Phillips are two art historians who bring impeccable credentials to the task. The text introduces to readers an appreciation for the richness and diversity of Indigenous arts from its earliest forms to the installations of modern artists.
In Spirit of the White Bison, a white bison tells the moving story about the destruction of his people and his relationship with the man, Lone Wolf. Metis writer Beatrice Culleton Mosionier has crafted a compelling allegory about the destructiveness of war and presents a fresh approach to Canadian history for elementary level students. This novel is recommended for grades 5 to 8.