Powwow Counting in Cree is a 2013 publication for primary level students that introduce counting from one to ten in the Plains Cree language. Told in simple rhyming verse, this 24-page presentation features powwow imagery such as feathers, singers, dancers, the Eagle Staff, the Drum, Seven Teachings, and moccasins. Colour drawings by artist Melinda Josie reflect the cultural details of the contemporary powwow.
Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry on the Northern Plains is an exploration of the Aboriginal music industry and the powwow social world that supports it. For twelve years, Christopher A. Scales attended powwows—large intertribal gatherings of Native American singer-drummers, dancers, and spectators—across the northern Plains. For part of that time, he worked as a sound engineer for Arbor Records, a large Aboriginal music label based in Winnipeg, Canada.
Home on the City: Urban Aboriginal Housing and Living Conditions focuses on Saskatoon, which has both one of the highest proportions of Aboriginal residents in the country and the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living below the poverty line. While the book details negative aspects of urban Aboriginal life (such as persistent poverty, health problems, and racism), it also highlights many positive developments: the emergence of an Aboriginal middle class, inner-city renewal, innovative collaboration with municipal and community organizations, and more. Alan B.
In this illuminating book, Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905, Shelley Gavigan argues that the notion of criminalization captures neither the complexities of First Nations and Métis participation in the courts nor the significance of the Indian Act as a form of law. Gavigan uses records of ordinary cases from the lower courts and insights from critical criminology and traditional legal history to interrogate state formation and criminal law in the Saskatchewan region of the North-West Territories between 1870 and 1905.
Thunder on the Plains is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read. This 121-page accessible novel offers readers an introduction to an urban Native American student who reluctantly returns to the rez to spend a summer with his uncle.
7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is the 4-book graphic novel series by David Alexander Robertson and Scott Henderson now available in this new full-colour edition. This 128-page graphic novel contains volume one: Stone, volume 2: Scars; volume 3: Ends/Begins, and volume 4: The Pact. This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early 19th century to the present day and tells a story of redemption as residential school survivor James and his son, Edwin, reconcile their past and begin a new journey. Edwin is facing an uncertain future.
Taking Medicine: Women's Healing Work and Colonial Contact in Southern Alberta, 1880-1930 presents colonial medicine and nursing as a gendered phenomenon that had particular meanings for Aboriginal and settler women who dealt with one another over bodily matters. By bringing to light women’s contributions to the development of health care in southern Alberta between 1880 and 1930, this book challenges traditional understandings of colonial medicine and nursing in the contact zone.
The Amazing Time Travel Adventures of the Iron Crow Brothers and Bree Sainte Marie is a historical fiction young adult novel by Calgary amateur historian Rob Lennard. He combines an original time travel tale (image the Magic Schoolbus) along with historical factoids about Alberta history. He conveniently identifies the facts and story in two different fonts. When his little brother, Johnny, contracts a fatal blood disease, teenage track star Max Iron Crow embarks on a life-saving vision quest, meeting guardian wolves, three First Nations chiefs, and his own Blackfoot ancestors.
Nipin and the Rocks is based on the bedtime story told by Métis author Victoria Bouvier to her young son. Storytelling rocks are important pieces of a traditional First Nation culture. These old ones carry the history and knowledge of the people. They carry the stories. Nipin and the Rocks is one of the stories. Long ago a Cree grandfather called Mosom was the keeper of the storytelling rocks. Each rock represented a particular story handed down to him by his Elder. During the telling of the creation story a young boy called Nipin sat in the circle with Mosom and others.