The Thunderbird Poems is a slim collection by Ojibwe author, poet and filmmaker Armand Garnet Ruffo's tribute to the late artist Norval Morrisseau's artwork. These inspired poems are organized into four sections: Life Scroll; Shaman Rider; Mother of All Things; and Indian Canoe. The poems were inspired by Ruffo's study of Morrisseau's artwork. This poetic inspiration from art pieces allows the reader a unique avenue into Morrisseau's meanings, traditions and emotions. Mature content.
We Sang You Home is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby boy into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family print resources. Flett uses collage-like images of a couple sitting on a blanket during the night. A moon can be seen along with two white rabbits peeking at each other from across the page. The woman is playing guitar and the simple text on the opposite page proclaiming that they sang for an infant to join them.
Sweetest Kulu board book is a fine addition to early childhood education materials from Inhabit Media's Inhabit Junior series. Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.
My Father is Taller Than a Tree is a celebratory children's picture book by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. Together with illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin, the pair creates a charming book for early readers or for library read aloud sessions about the close relationship between fathers and sons across cultures. The book features thirteen pairs of father and son examples. A father is shown helping his son ride a bike, another shows a winter scene with papa pulling his boy on a sled, and one shows a father reading to his son before bedtime.
The poetry of Clay Pots and Bones is Lindsay Marshall’s way of telling stories, of speaking with others about what things that matter to him. His heritage. His people. His life as a Mi’kmaw. For the reader, Clay Pots and Bones is a colourful journey from early days, when the People of the Dawn understood, interacted with and travelled the land freely, to the turbulent present and the uncertain future where Marshall envisions a rebirth of the Mi’kmaq. The poetry challenges and enlightens.
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.
La Grande Paix Kayaneren'ko:wa (The Great Law) inspired by the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace has just been published by Les Editions Des Plaines. This dual language (Mohawk and French) title was first written in rhyming fashion in Mohawk and English by David Bouchard with the assistance of Raymond Skye and Frank Miller. This version of the Great Law takes its rhyming scheme from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha (a misappropriated name Longfellow attached to his borrowed character).
The Song Within My Heart is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.