Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group of Indigenous people. This anthology profiles young urban First Nation men and women and how they connect with their culture and values in their contemporary lives. Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing an MBA at Stanford University to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York City, these urban residents share their unique insight to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.
Orca Chief is the third picture book in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaborations, Raven Brings the Light (2013) and Cloudwalker (2014), are award-winning national bestsellers. Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor.
Haida Monumental Art: Villages of the Queen Charlotte Islands is the 2014 reissue of the original 1984 publication limited-edition publication by George F MacDonald director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1983-1998. During the last quarter of the nineteenth-century, images of the Haida’s immense cedar houses and soaring totem poles were captured by photographers who travelled to then-remote villages such as Masset and Skidegate to marvel at, and record, what they saw there.
Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas is an impressive volume that presents a sweeping survey of the history of ideas and arguments that have shaped and disputed Northwest Coast First Nations art for more than 250 years. Since the mid-1700s, objects or "art" deriving from the Indigenous cultures of this area have been desired, displayed, and exchanged, classified and interpreted, stolen and confiscated, bought and sold, and displayed again in many parts of the world.
Me Artsy is the 2015 new release by renowned Ojibwe playwright and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor. Extending his previous anthology concepts (Me Funny and Me Sexy) Taylor selected fourteen artists' pieces about their selected artistic disciplines, including the fine arts, theatre, music, cuisine, fashion and film. Their essays contribute to our understanding of contemporary Indigenous career choices, identity, and achieving social change through traditional and contemporary arts.
Blockades or Breakthroughs?: Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State debates the importance and effectiveness of blockades and occupations as political and diplomatic tools for Aboriginal people. The adoption of direct action tactics like blockades and occupations is predicated on the idea that something drastic is needed for First Nations to break an unfavourable status quo, overcome structural barriers, and achieve their goals. But are blockades actually breakthroughs? What are the objectives of First Nation communities who adopt this approach?
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.
Storyteller: The Art of Roy Henry Vickers is the outstanding coffee-table size book containing 120 colour images including, 118 previously unpublished works. This book celebrates the previous decade 2003-2013 of this renowned painter and printmaker's artwork. A note from the artist accompanies each image, inviting the reader to a deeper understanding of both art and artist.
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul.
Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment is the 2008 Greystone publication by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with assistance from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama. This 61-page book offers a traditional Quechuan parable about achieving larger goals, and power, through a series of small actions, and describes how while a terrible fire rages in a forest, a small hummingbird works tirelessly by carrying single drops of water to help put out the blaze.