Kaqtukowa’tekete’w The Thundermaker is retold and illustrated in this 2018 paper edition by Mi’kmaw artist. This 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children explains the importance of thunder. In this account 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.
The Drum Story and accompanying DVD is produced by Reality Media. The Drum Story book and 20-minute DVD features the traditional knowledge and storytelling of Falcon Migwans from Manitoulin Island. The origin of the drum is told in English and Ojibwe with translation by Albert Owl and Vivian Roy. The book includes a brief introduction of Falcon Migwans and explains how he was gifted this account.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.
The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page book offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing.
Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse and Our Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw Potlatch is a 92-page illustrated book published by Raven Publishing told from the perspective of a twelve-year old who explains the traditions and history of the Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw potlatch. Educator and author Nella Nelson presents the significance and traditions surrounding the potlatch from her personal experience through her expertise as a teacher.
The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.
Pathways for Remembering and Recognizing Indigenous Thought in Education: Philosophies of Iethi’nihsténha Ohwentsia’kékha (Land) is an exploration into some of the shared cross-cultural themes that inform and shape Indigenous thought and Indigenous educational philosophy. These philosophies generate tensions, challenges, and contradictions that can become very tangled and messy when considered within the context of current educational systems that reinforce colonial power relations. Sandra D.