I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas (Mi’kmaw) is a response poem to I Lost My Talk, which is one of Rita Joe's most influential poems and tells this Mi'kmaw Elder's story of losing her Mi’kmaw language while at residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The vivid and colour illustrations are by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young and compliment the poem beautifully again.
I Lost My Talk is one of Rita Joe's most influential poems and tells this Mi'kmaw Elder's story of losing her Mi’kmaw language while at residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The vivid and colour illustrations are by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young and compliment the poem beautifully. This poem is directed at those who took Rita Joe’s talk away when she was a little girl replacing her language with their own and in asking to find her talk again this acclaimed poem is created. A short history of residential schools and a brief note about Rita Joe is included.
Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo, Ojibwe, is a collection of poems arranged in three parts: Impetus Ungainly, Travelogue Sightline and Boreal Investigative. Each part uses poetry to address historical and contemporary moments broadly related to treaties and inspired by the author's many experiences and writing contexts. Impetus Ungainly, Treaty No.9, begins with a poem, Doctrine of Discovery but with a twist. The Claim, #1: Red Space, #2: White Space, Material World and Red is a Poem are some of the poems in part one.
77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King (Cherokee and Greek), an award winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer, presents his first collection of poems. In 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin, Thomas King uses 77 poems to delve into personal, historical and contemporary issues that have affected Indigenous peoples. He does this through his interpretation of Creation stories. The poems reflect and often refer to previous poems as the past, present, future, past... and so critiques the circularity of past and contemporary issues.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
As Long as the Sun Shines is a collection of poems by Janet Rogers who is an award-winning Mohawk and Tuscarora poet from Six Nations of the Grand River. As Long as the Sun Shines is inspired by Janet Roger’s global perspectives. This work references the concept of forever associated with the Haudenosaunee Two Row Wampum Agreement based on relationship and environmental concern. Assembled in three sections: Nations March Together with poems such as The Ever Present Tomahawk, Know Your Generosity and Bank-notable E.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and 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.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay authored by Shane Koyczan is a dual language English and Cree poem and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, Joseph Sánchez, Jim Logan and Nadia Kwandibens. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt. With Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay, Koyczan hopes to continue the conversations after the polarizing 150 years celebration of Canada as a nation.
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent has won Liz Howard the Griffin Poetry Prize (2016). She is Euro-Anishinaabekwe from Treaty 9, Northern Ontario. This debut collection of poems is filled with imagery and language on a variety of topics. The poems are at once scientific, contemporary and intelligent, filled with carefully juxtaposed images. Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award (2015).
At the Mountain’s Base is a book release from Penguin Publishing through their new imprint Kokila centring on stories that have nuance and depth in the way children and young adults interpret their world. Traci Sorell, Cherokee, and Weshoyot Alvitre, Tongva/Scots-Gaelic, as author and illustrator respectively, have collaborated to publish At the Mountain’s Base. At The Mountain’s Base is a poem that uses vivid and colourful images to draw the reader from the mountain’s base to the hickory tree to the cabin where a family have gathered.