Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives of the Beothuk is an edited and multi- and inter-disciplinary volume by Fiona Polack. Tracing Ochre is a collaborative work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous thinkers who have a shared conviction that the present conceptions of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Beothuk requires redressing. Colonial mentalities about the Beothuk has created problems for Indigenous Peoples there and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada as a whole.
Author Rick Revelle is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His first book was I Am Algonquin, the first Algonquin Quest novel. Algonquin Spring: An Algonquin Quest is the second volume in his projected historical trilogy about his ancestors. In his second novel the action takes place after Mahingan thought he had lost his wife, Wàbananang (Morning Star). Later he learned she was still alive, taken captive by the Haudenosaunee. Now on a desperate quest to rescue her, Mahingan and his small family are wintering north of the Ottawa River near present-day Lachute, Quebec.
Teacher's Guide for the Series Tales from Big Spirit is designed to help classroom teachers use the graphic novel series, Tales From Big Spirit, by David Alexander Robertson. The guide provides detailed lessons that meet a wide range of language arts and social studies goals, integrate Indigenous perspectives, and make curricular content more accessible to diverse learners. It is organized into three sections.
Many Nations is one of the Reading for Real titles from Thomson Duval publishers. This title is presented as a report text form about the so-called Ancient Nations of North America such as the Anasazi or Cliff Dwellers of the American Southwest; the Haida of the Pacific Northwest; the Moundbuilders of the Mississippi; and the Beothuk of Newfoundland. This Reading for Real titles introduces students to four reports about the significant technological achievements of these peoples.
The Ballad of Nancy April Shawnadithit is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series from Highwater Press. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
First Contact is one of the titles in the TV series, Canada: A People's History. Published in 2006 this 67-page text offers elementary students a resource that covers First Nations and Inuit prior to contact; an introduction to early explorers (Columbus, Cabot, Cartier, Champlain; and the impacts of contact (disease, fur trade, whaling, missionaries) for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Told in 5 chapters the books present First Nation voices, as well as tools to understand perspectives and examine photographs and illustration.
UNAVAILABLE This video is no longer available from the publisher Shanaditti: Last of the Beothuks is a 20-minute documentary video about the life of Shanaditti (1800-1829), the last Beothuk woman in Newfoundland. Told in the first person, the narrative story begins with a poem by Al Pittman, a Newfoundland poet who seeks out answers to his questions about this woman and the extinction of her people. Using Shanaditti's own drawings, Pittman explores the historical and archaeological record to trace what is known about the last Aboriginal person in Newfoundland.
Children's novel features a Beothuk girl, Mishbee, and John, a settler's son. In this story of contact, John and Mishbee become friends, learn each other's language, and both succumb to tuberculosis. At the beginning of the nineteenth century in Newfoundland, the Beothuks, a First Nations people, have been decimated by disease, and their numbers dwindle further as they are hunted and persecuted relentlessly by European settlers. Young Mishbee, her older sister Oobata, and Oobata's baby struggle courageously on Exploits Island against tuberculosis, misunderstanding, and prejudice.
The Dream Carvers is a captivity story with a difference. Written by Joan Clark this novel takes a Viking youth, Thand, who is assisting his father on an expedition to the new found land in search of lumber, and places him captive in a Beothuk village. Set in the 11th century the story focuses on the new life awaiting Thand as he is adopted by a Beothuk family to replace their family member killed by a Greenlander. At first the Viking youth can only think of returning to his home in Greenland. As time goes by he lives and works with his Beothuk family.