Childhood Thoughts and Water by John McDonald, a sixth-generation direct descendant of Nehiyawak Chief Mistawasis and resident on Treaty Six Territory in Northern Saskatchewan, is a collection of beat poetry, spoken word, performance art and lyrical verse. This is a work which journeys into the memories and events of an urban Indigenous warrior's struggles to reconnect with a language and culture that is seemingly always almost out of reach.
The Glass Lodge is a slim volume of poems by Mistawasis Cree writer John McDonald. Writing about his experiences as a street kid in Prince Albert and Calgary, McDonald offers readers a frank and honest look at life through the lens of an Aboriginal man who has experienced pain, addiction, love, identity issues, racism, and hope. His journey is heartfelt and compelling. The work contains mature themes and language. This book is selected as a recommended title in the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program.