Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose from Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School is a poetry anthology with a difference. Collected in this anthology are 109 poems and short prose pieces authored by 61 former students of Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation between1997 to 2000. Poet and teacher Timothy McLaughlin encouraged the students in grades 5 to eight to compose poems and brief prose pieces. He selected and organized these moving and vibrant works into a solid collection.
Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water is a anthology of storytelling, poetry, speeches and works of non-fiction by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors with a connection to Manitoba. Manitowapow is the traditional word for the land that became known as Manitoba. The editors, Niigaanwewidom James Sinclair and Warren Cariou, have selected pieces that extend back into prehistory, the historical period of the fur trade and Northwest Resistance into the present day. The first entry is a brief description of the Traditional Systems of Writing in Manitoba prior to contact.
Stories from the Bush: The Woodland Plays of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group is a collection of six original plays that were written by De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre. This Indigenous theatre group is well-established and groundbreaking. Among the plays in this collection are the first play to ever be professionally produced in Ojibwe, the first play created using the Four Directions Creation Process and other works that focus on the foundation teachings of Odawa Midewin, using traditional stories to create theatre and explore modern themes on time-honoured values.
From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian is an anthology of excerpts from speches and reports about North American and Central American Indigenous peoples from the 16th to 19th centuries. Organized into 12 major geographical regions, the voices include King Philip, Tecumseh, Osccola, Sitting Bull, Sarah Winnemucca, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, George Catlin, and Thomas Jefferson. Limited background detail is provided. The book includes an index and a few archival photographs.
War Dances is Sherman Alexie's new collection of short stories, poetry, and question and answer sequences that cover personal victories and challenges. With his satirical wit and humour Alexie's collection is moving and heart-felt. The title story, War Dances, recounts his interaction with his dying father. Other themes include acculturation, cross-cultural issues, family relationships, deafness, and disability. Winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.
The Strength of Women: Ahkameyimowak by Cree scholar Pricilla Settee, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, is an important addition to literature by and about First Nations and Métis women. Âhkamêyimowak is a Cree word which embodies the strength that drives women to persevere, flourish, and work for change within their communities. The stories included here are by women with vision, who inspire and lead those who have lived in their midst.
Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection is an amazing anthology of 21 trickster stories told in a comic book format collected by Matt Dembicki who worked with Native American storytellers and graphic novel illustrators. Trickers include Coyote, Raven, Azban, Rabbit, Waynaboozhoo, Espun, and Mai. Azban and Crayfish is authored by James and Joseph Bruchac with Matt Dembicki as illustrator. Some stories are humourous, others scary, while all stories offer a teaching and something to learn. Over 800 colour illustrations are included in this graphic collection.
The Red Indians: An Episodic, Informal Collections of Tales from the Aboriginal People's Struggles in Canada is an interesting and highly accessible introduction to issues relating to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Written without capitals, indexes, or footnotes, this work introduces students to specific issues in history and politics through a unique style of storytelling.
This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades is an anthology of 33 narratives, poetry, personal reflection pieces, and essays that were collected and edited by Leanne Simpson and Kiera Ladner in honour of the 1990 event known as the Oka Crisis. The editors are clear in their discussion of why they felt compelled to solicit works that celebrate the commitment, sacrifices, and achievements of the Kanien'kehaka individuals and communities involved.