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.
The Thomas Indian School and the "Irredeemable" Children of New York is an important history that significantly contributes to the history of settler colonial schooling by documenting a distinctively different kind of Indian School: non-federal, state run, horrifically committed to the idea of the ‘irredeemable’ Indian child. K. Tsianina Lomawaima
The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera by Mohawk scholar Brian Rice offers a comprehensive history based on the oral traditions of the Rotinonshonni Longhouse People, also known as the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois. Drawing upon J. N. B. Hewitt’s translation and the oral presentations of Cayuga Elder Jacob Thomas, Rice records the Iroquois creation story, the origin of Iroquois clans, the Great Law of Peace, the European invasion, and the life of Handsome Lake.
Who Are These People Anyway? told by Chief Irving Powless Jr. of the Onondaga Nation is a valuable addition to the understanding of Haudenosaunee worldview. Edited by Lesley Forrester the volume in Syracuse University Press the Iroquois and Their Neighbors series offers readers a fine example of Iroquois oral history recorded as a collection of Haudenosaunee teachings. Irving Powless Jr. has been a chief of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation since 1964.