Dakwäkãda Warriors is by Cole Pauls a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. Growing up, Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers and encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Dakwäkãda Warriors is a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches. In this work Pauls was supported by Elders’ consultation and translation in revitalizing the language.
Coalesce by Barry Ace, and introduced by Suzanne Luke, is a fusion of distinct Anishinaabeg aesthetics of the Great Lakes region with refuse from Western society’s technological and digital age. Barry Ace is an Anishnaabe (Odawa) visual artist, writer, and educator and a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation in Manitoulin Island. In Coalesce, he intentionally shifts an object’s materiality and its accepted paradigm within the physical world.
Cry Wolf: Inquest Into the True Nature of a Predator by Harold R. Johnson is a search for the truth. It is part story and part forensic analysis. Cry Wolf examines wolf attacks and how we fail to take wolves seriously at our own peril. This book is also a relationship to the land and with wolves in particular yet Cry Wolf also draws on Indigenous traditional knowledge and wisdom regarding ecology to better understand predators. The introduction outlines the current perspective of predators.
On pleure pas au bingo par Dawn Dumont (Plains Cree) est traduit par Daniel Grenier. Tout est là : voici la vie sur la réserve, en haute définition. Dawn, la narratrice, revisite sa vie familiale, se replonge dans ses années d’école et s’engage résolument sur la voie de l’avenir. Situé quelque part entre le roman d’apprentissage et le récit autobiographique, On pleure pas au bingo est un livre qui célèbre les différences culturelles et la puissance de la prise de parole par le moyen de ce remède traditionnel et universel qu’est le rire.
Breakdown is the first book in The Reckoner Rises series by David A. Robertson, Norway House Cree, and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Breakdown continues to delivers suspense, adventure, and humour in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel continuation of The Reckoner trilogy. In Breakdown, Cole and Eva arrive in Winnipeg, the headquarters of Mihko Laboratories, intent on destroying the company once and for all. Their plans are thwarted when a new threat surfaces, and Cole is mired in terrifying visions.
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, is published by North Dakota State University Press. This story is set in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. Apple Starkington’s mother, a member of Turtle Mountain Chippewa, died after giving birth to her. Growing up with her father and stepmother, and living in upper middle-class suburbia, Apple feels like she doesn’t fit in. She has experienced racism at school when she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Native American descent.
I Will See You Again is by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.