The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It examines contemporary threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social issues, as well as efforts to confront and eliminate these threats to peoples and the environment. Essays suggest new ways of looking at the Great Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained within it.
The Thunderbird Poems is a slim collection by Ojibwe author, poet and filmmaker Armand Garnet Ruffo's tribute to the late artist Norval Morrisseau's artwork. These inspired poems are organized into four sections: Life Scroll; Shaman Rider; Mother of All Things; and Indian Canoe. The poems were inspired by Ruffo's study of Morrisseau's artwork. This poetic inspiration from art pieces allows the reader a unique avenue into Morrisseau's meanings, traditions and emotions. Mature content.
Ojibwa: People of Forests and Prairies is a 160-page reference title about the Anishinaabe peoples. The author's approach is standard anthropological and historical but offers a wealth of colour images, maps, archival images, and references. The volume begins with an introduction to the languages, geography, and life prior to European contact. Historical contact period covers the War of 1812 and the signing of treaties between the people and the British, Americans, and Canadians.
The Life of Joseph Brant is a 2017 release from Power Kids Press. It is part of the Native American Biographies published for the junior level classroom. It is a welcome addition to the biographical releases about the Mohawk leader and ally of the British. Most Canadian and American publishers especially those producing portraits of historical people stress that Brant was a Chief. Joseph Brant was not a Chief in the Five Nation Confederacy council. This author and publisher have succeeded where many have failed to produce an accurate and respectful biography.
Someday is the second edition of Drew Hayden Taylor's outstanding play about a fictional Ojibway First Nation somewhere in Ontario. It could be set in any First Nation community in Canada because it deals with a painful time when thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their families during the notorious "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Anne Wabung's daughter was taken from her by children's aid workers when the girl was a toddler. Now, 35 years later at Christmastime, Anne's hope to be reunited with her daughter is realized.
I Am Not a Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School. Despite their pleading the family is forced to relinquish their children to the nuns or face fines and prison time.
In Divided Unity: Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River is the welcomed addition to the literature about Six Nations of the Grand River recent history of the 2006 land reclamation at Caledonia from an authentic, grassroots-based perspective. Theresa McCarthy is the Onondaga Bear Clan professor of Native American studies at the University at Buffalo.
The Long Run by award-winning Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is the most recent release by 7th Generations Books in the PathFinders Series. This series is ideal for reluctant readers interested in realistic and action-filled, linear plots written by Native American and First Nation authors. This young adult fictional account a seventeen year old Passamaquoddy youth who runs away from the Seattle homeless shelter back to his elderly grandparents in Maine.
Restoring the Chain of Friendship: British Policy and the Indians of the Great Lakes, 1783-1815 is a recent title by historian Timothy Willig of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. His approach to the period is to examine the British policy to First Nations in the Great Lakes region following the American Revolution to the War of 1812. The focus of the thesis is the British policy toward First Nations at its Great Lakes agencies at Fort St. Joseph, Fort Amherstburg, and Fort George. The first chapter examines the Covenant Chain of Friendship over time.