One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese, Ojibway, and from the Wabaseemoong First Nation, was penned by Richard Wagamese and minimally edited by his publisher. In One Drum, Richard Wagamese finished his interpretation of the first three foundational teachings of the Seven Grandfathers Teachings: humility, courage, and respect. His interpretation of love, honesty, truth and wisdom will forever remain a mystery. These seven fundamental Anishinawbe truths in the Ojibway tradition recognize the principles required to live a good life, in a good way.
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, Dane-Zaa and Metis/Cree is a three part memoir in her dreamless void, the in-between and the healing. The memoir follows the life of Helen Knott through her childhood, describing life during school especially after eighth grade, and as a young woman on her red road journey through rape, alcoholism and drug addiction. It is her journey of darkness through which she questions her selfhood, ancestry, faith, and existence.
From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle is his memoir. From being lost and alone, falling apart, living on the streets and later to reconciliation, From the Ashes is Thistle’s life story. Through four parts from 1997 to 2015 he recounts life through his stories of growing up berry picking with his Kokum in Debden, Saskatchewan; through his parents’ separation, and living rough, begging and going hungry with his father and then being in foster care.
L'ours geant, un conte Inuit / The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale, is a French picture book from Inhabit Media written by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 34-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure.
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not A Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. This book has been translated into Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe), Nbisiing dialect by Muriel Sawyer and Geraldine McLeod and contributions by Tory Fisher. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928.
Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
The Girl and the Wolf is a recent release from Theytus Books. In this children’s 2019 picture book a young girl is out in the woods picking berries. But the girl has forgotten mother’s instruction about going off by herself and soon the girl is lost. Suddenly a grey wolf appears and the girl is afraid. But this wolf is different from the European approach to wolves in fairy tales. This large wolf is kind and helpful as he assists the frightened child calm herself and draw upon her knowledge of the woods. The girl successfully finds her way home and recounts her encounter with the wolf.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.
The Boy Who Walked Backwards is a picture book published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and written by singer songwriter Ben Sures. This story recounts an actual historical event about a young Ojibwe boy from Serpent River, Ontario who uses a traditional game to fool nuns sent to apprehend this child after he failed to return to residential school after a school break. Leo Day attends residential school but finds that this harsh reality of everyday existence is not what he expected when he is sent there to learn.