Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History by Shawn Smallman, a professor of international studies at Portland State University, in Oregon, traces previously recorded accounts by early missionaries, fur traders, colonial officials, anthropologists’ field notes, and legal authorities about the Algonquian phenomenon known as the windigo. This cannibalistic being with supernatural powers has been recorded in these early records by Europeans and continue to appear as a metaphor for selfishness in contemporary pop culture films and novels by non-Indigenous storytellers.
In One Story, One Song, Ojibwe writer Richard Wagamese again invites readers to accompany him on his travels. This time, his focus is on sixty plus non-fiction stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Traditional and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the short stories are grouped according to the four Ojibwe storytelling principles: balance, harmony, knowledge and intuition.
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel is a 128-page, full colour, adult theme graphic novel. Based on the PhD thesis, Reconciliation, repatriation and reconnection: A framework for building resilience in Canadian Indigenous families, Métis counsellor Patti Laboucane-Benson presents a fictionalized graphic novel that reads as a crime novel. This evidence-based work of creative non-fiction is illustrated by non-Aboriginal graphic artist Kelly Mellings. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict.
Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies by Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, which puts the “soul wound” of colonialism at the centre, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities.
Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths by retired crown prosecutor Rupert Ross is the much-anticipated third volume in his series about Aboriginal justice and healing. Following up on his previous books, Dancing with a Ghost and Returning to the Teachings, this 2014 publication shares his lessons learned from years of involvement with the northern Ontario criminal justice system and Aboriginal peoples understanding of justice and healing.
2015 Shortlist Title for First Nation Communities Read. Jordan Tootoo plays Right Wing for the NHL Detroit Red Wings, and has also played for Detroit’s central division rival, the Nashville Predators. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in the NHL. Tootoo worked with Stephen Brunt, former columnist at the Globe and Mail in telling his life story.
Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience is the winner in CODE's (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Cree, Lakota, and Scottish author Monique Gray Smith is part memoir and part healing guide. Monique Gray Smith received the award on September 27th at the Winnipeg Gala. This creative non-fiction book tells the story of a young Indigenous woman coming of age in Canada in the 1980s.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge is poised to be a classic of traditional knowledge writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer draws on her life as an Indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, and shows how other living beings such as asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass, offer readers gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.