Making Treaties DVD, produced by First Nations Films and broadcast on Global TV, is a 44-minute documentary that describes the historical background and current discussions surrounding the land rights and treaty issues in British Columbia. Filmmaker Richard Hersley takes the viewer on a journey of understanding surrounding the current issue of treaties and First Nations of B.C. The views of university professors (Paul Tennant), lawyers (John Burrows), local and provincial politicians, resource developers, and First Nations leaders are heard in honest dialogue.
Northwest Coast Indians is one of the information books in the Heinemann Library series, First Nations of North America. Books in the series offer information to grade four to six students about the cultural history of the major cultural regions of North America. This title discusses the Pacific Northwest culture region, including the Chinook, Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, and Tsimshian First Nations.
Diane Honey Jacobson's latest book, My Life with the Salmon, is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House, Diane's style in My Life with the Salmon is full of action, amazing adventures and fascinating connections between land, water and people. In My Life with the Salmon, we follow Honey through sometimes hilarious and sometimes difficult periods but we always learn a life lesson.
Kesu: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer is the beautifully illustrated book that records of the art, life, and influence of Doug Cranmer who called himself a "whittler" or "doodler" but who embodied "Indigenous modern" well before the term had been coined. Cranmer pioneered abstract and non-figurative paintings using Northwest Coast ovoids and U-shapes; embraced the practice of silk-screening on wood, paper, and burlap; and adapted power tools to new applications in art. Cranmer, a long-time teacher and mentor, inspired generations of young Northwest Coast artists in Alert Bay and beyond.
Métis storyteller takes a Kwakwaka'wakw-inspired story about the important role of Grandmother Moon in the lives of the Earth's peoples and creates a bilingual (English/Kwak'wala) picture book. Moving colour art images by Andy Everson captures the mood of the story in surprising detail. Kwak'wala translation by Pauline Alfred and Pewi Alfred. The accompanying audio CD includes the story in English and Kwak'wala, with flute music provided by Mary Youngblood.
Paddling to Where I Stand: Agnes Alfred, Qwiqwasutinuxw Noblewoman is the memoirs of Agnes Alfred (c.1890-1992), a woman of the Kwakwakawakw Nation and one of the last great storytellers among her peers in the classic oral tradition. Agnes Alfred documents through myths, historical accounts, and personal reminiscences the foundations and the enduring pulse of her living culture. She shows how a First Nations woman managed to quietly fulfill her role as a noble matriarch in her ever-changing society, thus providing a role model for those who came after her.
Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.
Je Suis Corbeau (I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery) is the French edition by Métis author David Bouchard about the importance of understanding one's character. Using the exquisite illustrations of artist Andy Everson, the author explains this journey to self-knowledge using readily identifiable Northwest Coast imagery and story. Finding one's true identity through the story about a wise chief and his quest to organize a potlatch provides readers with concrete examples from the human and animal worlds.
Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Reins of Chaos is a small exhibition catalogue by Mary Anne Barkhouse of her 2008 exhibition that explored the story of the four horses of the apocalypse. This Kwakwaka'wakw artist uses rocking horses and the coin-operated children's rides once popular in the 1960s to challenge the viewer's understanding of Indigenous Peoples critique contemporary culture. The unique aspect of the installation is that gallery attendees were able to insert coins into the mechanical horses for a ride and the fees were donated to a local donkey sanctuary.
Qu'est-ce qu'on y voit? L'art autochtone de la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique is the French edition for What Am I Seeing?: Pacific Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art. This edition was translated by Andree-Marie Burton and Louise Bedard. This is an informative sixty-four page guide to art created by the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The guide is written by educator Karin Clark with the assistance of First Nations artists Jim Gilbert, Bell Helin, and Ron Stacy. The book begins with a brief overview of the First Nations who live in British Columbia.