How Marten Got His Spots and Other Kootenai Indian Stories, published by the Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was developed by the Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. This 42-page book offers traditional stories that were intended as an Indian reading series by the Pacific Northwest Indian Program, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, Oregon. The four brief legends were written for third and fourth grade students and designed to educate Native American children about their history and culture.
Over a Century of Moving to the Drum: Salish Indian Celebrations on the Flathead Indian Reservation by Salish teacher and spiritual advisor Johnny Arlee, offers a tribute to this longstanding event. Illustrated with pen and ink sketches of powwow scenes and black and white photographs of powwows in the 1940s, the main narrative is based on interviews Arlee conducted with Salish elders in the 1970s. Excerpts of the interviews—and interviews with modern powwow participants—round out the volume. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.
My Name is Seepeetza is the diary format novel written by Nlakapamux author Shirley Sterling about her life as a twelve-year-old attending the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The entries, from September 1958 to August 1959, offer students a glimpse of what life was like for a girl from a First Nation family sent to residential school. Instead of her Nlakapamux name, the girl is known by the teachers as Martha Stone. The life at residential school is filled with rules, harsh discipline, and severe nuns.
Suquamish Coloring Book: Legend of the Basket Ogress is much more than a colouring book. The author, Peg Deam, is a Suquamish Tribal member of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington. The introductory notes explain that despite attending a US government boarding school she has retained her Salish cultural heritage. Her reservation is located in the Puget Sound where members of her community retain their language. The 30-page book retells a traditional Suquamish legend in English with coloring book illustrations and Puget Salish language translations.
Aboriginal Fishing Rights: Laws, Courts, Politics is an analysis of the Musqueam First Nation's historic Sparrow case (1990) and the implications of the Supreme Court's decision regarding Aboriginal fishing rights. Parnesh Sharma is a research analyst with the federal government and this slim volume examines the fishing issue from the perspective of whether groups such as First Nations can effectively use the Canadian legal system to advance their pursuit of justice and equality.
Keeping the Lakes' Way: Reburial and Re-creation of a Moral World among an Invisible People is the first book devoted to the history of the Sinixt Interior Salish, known as Arrow Lakes Band. Officially declared extinct since 1956, the Lakes people have "officially" maintained their presence among the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state and other First Nations in British Columbia. Since 1989, many Sinixt have made pilgrimages to their former village site at Vallican, British Columbia.
UNAVAILABLE Five Salish stories retold by Salish Native Studies teacher, Ellen White. The author acknowledges the storytelling expertise of her grandmother who passes the Coast Salish oral tradition. Young readers discover one of life's lessons from each journey into natural and supernatural world of the Northwest Coast. The first story recounts the exploits of Raven who successfully recovers the stolen Sun from Seagull, and returns Sun to the proper place in the sky.