Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend is a dual language (Cree Y and English) information book selected for the Children’s Category, Longlist of Nominated Titles for First Nation Communities Read 2016-2017. This traditional Plains Cree legend was told by Ray Lavallee to author Judith Silverthorne. Plains Cree language was translated from the Cree by Randy Morin, Jean Okimasis, and Arok Wolvengrgrey.
I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud to young children. Bernalda Wheeler creates a refreshing way to introduce young children to contemporary First Nations people. Her character is a young boy who asks his mother to make some bannock. Bannock is a traditional bread made by most First Nations in northern Canada. The mother explains why she can't use her stove until the hydro line is fixed. It all comes down to the fact that a beaver has cut down a tree for his dam.
Dipnetting with Dad is a 48-page picture book about a Secwepemc family teaching their young son the skill required to fish for salmon with the dipnet. This traditional method of fishing for salmon requires appropriate preparation of the dipnets before grandfather, father and eight-year-old son set out for the fast moving river set in a canyon. Grandmother, mother and older sister remain at home preparing the fire for smoking the salmon. Older sister had her first salmon fishing lesson a few years ago.
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.
After a long school year in Yellowknife, Akuluk would prefer to spend summer vacation in the south, but as soon as she heads out on the land with her grandfather, her visit to the Arctic becomes much more interesting! Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.
Way Back Then is a bedtime picture book from Inhabit Media featuring the outstanding artwork by the renowned Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. This simple bedtime story, written in both English and Inuktitut, introduces young readers to several traditional narratives or legends based on Inuit teachings. Kudlu's children will not go to sleep until he tells them a story of long ago. Before they will shut their eyes, they want to hear about a time long before Kudlu was born, a time when the world was magic.
Arctic Little Folk: Dwarves, Faeries, Elves, Gnomes & Other Diminutive Beings from Inuit Myths and Legends is a compendium of stories about the unique and tiny creatures of the Arctic. Arctic Little Folk introduces young readers to the fascinating, strange, and amusing world of Arctic dwarves, faeries, elves, and gnomes. These tiniest inhabitants of the Arctic tundra are told about in traditional stories across the Arctic.
Our First Caribou Hunt is a sweet and simple introduction to Inuit hunting practices and the proper treatment of game. Nutaraq and Simonie are eager to go on their first hunting trip with their father. As they load up their snow machine and sled for the trip, Nutaraq hopes that she will be able to catch her first caribou that weekend, with some help from her dad. But when the trip nears its end and Nutaraq still hasn't caught her first caribou, she tries her very hardest to follow all of her father's advice about how Inuit traditionally hunted on the land.
Taan's Moons: A Haida Moon Story is a fascinating art-based picture book developed by Alison Gear (poetry) and Kiki van der Heiden and the student artists of Haida Gwaii. During a three month art project involving Kindergarten (some mixed Grade 1/2) classes of all six elementary schools on Haida Gwaii, BC, the author and artist worked together to create this 48-page book about the Bear's Moons. In Haida language taan refers to the bear. The Haida people have a unique way of recording time according to the way the bear follows the seasons or months of the year.