Speculators in Empire: Iroquoia and the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix by William J Campbell, assistant professor of history at California State University, explores the Six Nations Iroquois-British diplomacy leading up to this historic treaty. At the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, the British secured the largest land cession in colonial North America. Crown representatives gained possession of an area claimed but not occupied by the Iroquois that encompassed parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Reading the Wampum: Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery by Penelope Myrtle Kelsey, professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the 2014 publication in the Syracuse University Press series, The Iroquois and Their Neighbors. Reading the Wampum offers an academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition.
2015 Shortlist Title for First Nation Communities Read. Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.
The Great Law Kayaneren'ko:wa inspired by the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace has just been published by Métis author David Bouchard's publishing company, MTW Publishers. This narrative poetry version of the Great Law of Peace is told through the words of Bouchard and accompanied by Tuscarora artist Raymond Skye's compelling artwork. This bilingual (Mohawk and English) version of the Great Law takes its rhyming scheme from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha (a misappropriated name Longfellow attached to his borrowed character).
Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 is the essential reference book about the interaction between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples with settler society told in primary documents. History professor Keith D. Smith , Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies at Vancouver Island University, selected a diverse selection of documents including letters, testimonies, speeches, transcripts, newspaper articles, and government records to highlight Indigenous primary sources from 1876 to 2007.
Indigenous Poetics in Canada broadens the way in which Indigenous poetry is examined, studied, and discussed in Canada. Breaking from the parameters of traditional English literature studies, this volume embraces a wider sense of poetics, including Indigenous oralities, languages, and understandings of place. Featuring work by academics and poets, the book examines four elements of Indigenous poetics. First, it explores the poetics of memory: collective memory, the persistence of Indigenous poetic consciousness, and the relationships that enable the Indigenous storytelling process.
Where I Belong is a moving novel of self-discovery and redemption, that takes place during the Oka Crisis of the summer of 1990. Having been adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt out of place-and recurring dreams keep warning that someone close to her will be badly hurt. When she finds out that her birth father is living in Kahnawake, Quebec, she goes there and finally finds a place she truly belongs. Tara White is a Mohawk woman from Kahnawake, Quebec, and has always dreamed of being a writer.
Greg Staats (b. Ohsweken, Ontario, now based in Toronto) is a photographer and video artist whose work combines language, mnemonics and the natural world. He draws upon a traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships inherent within the reciprocity of the condolence ceremony and the effects of trauma. This exhibition, Condolence, brings together several recent works by Staats that reference language loss, acquisition and resurgence through photographic series, video works, and personal archival materials.
Mohawk History and Culture is the 2013 publication in the Native American Library Series from Gareth Stevens Publishing. This 48-page information book offers students from grades 5 to 8 basic and accurate information about the Mohawk in the United States and Canada. Organized in five chapters the book begins with Land and Origins. This two-page spread explains the origin or creation story, names, and geographic location in New York State, Ontario, and Quebec. The remaining chapters cover History; Traditional Way of Life; Mohawk Life Today; and Current Mohawk Issues.
The Poet: Pauline Johnson 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.