Counting in Mi'kmaw, Mawkiljemk Mi'kmawiktuk written and illustrated by Loretta Gould, a self-taught artist from the Waycobah First Nation located on Cape Breton Island is a special dual language board book that introduces young children to counting to ten in the Mi’kmaw language. Mi’kmaw translators are Lindsay R. Marshall & Bernie Francis. This 14-page board book is a bilingual counting book that deals with the numbers from 1-10.
Kaqtukowa’tekete’w The Thundermaker is retold and illustrated in this 2018 paper edition by Mi’kmaw artist. This 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children explains the importance of thunder. In this account begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Mi'kmaw Waisisk, Mi'kmaw Animals is a dual language, English and Mi'kmaw, written and illustrated by Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy. This 12-page colour board book introduces parents, caregivers, and preschoolers to Mi'kmaw animals in English and Mi'kmaw language. The Mi'kmaw language terms for whale, moose, caribou, crane, turtle, eel, horse, butterfly, and beaver was translated by Lindsay Robert Marshall. This remarkable artist used colour effectively creating stylized animal designs based on Mi'kmaw petroglyphs based on rock art found in the Maritimes.
The Gathering is a 32-page well-illustrated picture book about a young child learning about a Mikmaw gathering, also known as mawiomi or a spiritual gathering. At the Gathering Alex is introduced to a variety of traditional powwow events such as learning about the sacred fire and fine arts and crafts. Alex and her older cousin participate in beading, watching how baskets and a canoe is made along with listening to the drummers and enjoying a traditional feast.
The Thundermaker is a 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children about the importance of thunder. In Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s account that he wrote and illustrated begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Niniskamijinaqik / Ancestral Images: The Mi'kmaq in Art and Photography presents their unique culture and way of life through the remarkable and sometime complex lives of individuals, as depicted in artwork or photography. The opening images in this collection were created by the Mi'kmaq themselves: portrayals of human beings carved into the rock formations of Nova Scotia. Then there are the earliest surviving European depictions of Mi'kmaq, decorations on the maps of Samuel de Champlain.
Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School by journalist Chris Benjamin tackles the controversial and tragic history of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, its predecessors, and its lasting effects, giving voice to multiple perspectives. Benjamin integrates research, interviews, and testimonies to guide readers through the varied experiences of students, principals, and teachers over the school's nearly forty years of operation (1930-1967) and beyond.
Now a national historic site, the fortified military settlement of Louisbourg was once a colonial jewel desired by both the French and English monarchies, traded with yet feared by the Anglo-Americans, and highly regarded by the Mi’kmaq. Home to Canada’s first lighthouse, Louisbourg became the capital of Île-Royale (Cape Breton Island) in 1720, and was an economically viable fishery, military stronghold, and strategic naval base for centuries.