This Place: 150 Years Retold includes a variety of historical and contemporary stories that highlight important moments in Indigenous and Canadian history. It introduces students to the unique demographic, historical, and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, and explores acts of sovereignty and resiliency.
Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp, Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, is a book of short stories. This current work includes Aliens - the story of gentle Jimmy; Super Indians, one of who plots revenge, and Wheetago wars about finding what is lost. There are many other stories about every day lives written with insight.
May We Have Enough To Share is a delightful board book about gratitude and being grateful for so much around us. The strength of connections, the nature that provides them and the love that is endless. In May We Have Enough To Share,Tlicho Dene Nation author Richard Van Camp has included photographs by Indigenous women photographers. This is a book about sharing and community.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a foreword by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
The Lesser Blessed was first published by Douglas and McIntyre in 2004. Written by Tlicho author Richard Van Camp the novel addressed the coming of age story of 16-year old highschool student Larry Sole. Living in the small northern town Fort Simmer, Larry deals with family pain and dark secrets as well as drug abuse, violence, and what it means in the modern world. Richard Van Camp's compelling first novel deals with a northern reality with dark humour and explicit dialogue. Sensitive readers should be aware of mature themes and language.
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.
In Richard Van Camp’s fictionalized north anything can happen and yet each story is rooted in a vivid contemporary reality. The stories offer a potent mix tape of tropes from science fiction (zombie fiction), horror, Western and Aboriginal traditions. The title story pits Torchy against the Smith Squad, fighting for love and family in a bloody, cathartic, and ultimately hopeful narrative. Van Camp’s characters repeatedly confront the bleakness of sexual assault, substance addiction and violence with the joy and humour of inspired storytelling.
Nos Histoires Sont Vivantes is the French language edition of Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories.
How Fox Saved the People, Eda`ni` no^ge`e do^ne gok'ei^di` is a 56-page picture book with CD from Theytus that tells the Tlicho (Dogrib) traditional story about Fox saving the people. The story is set long ago and begins with a village of people who cannot locate any food. Everyone is hungry but the Raven who visits daily is always happy and seems satisfied. All the people wonder where Raven is finding food. So one day they decide to track where the Raven goes and see where Raven finds food. It is Fox who follows and finds out why Raven is always full and happy.
How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs, Edànì nôgèe wegöö degèe adzà is a picture book from Theytus that retells a traditional Tlicho (Dogrib) legend for young children. Theytus maintains strict protocols when publishing specific First Nation legends. With this attention to detail and cooperative nature, the result is an engaging story that maintains its integrity during the transformation from oral to written. The story explains why foxes have crossed legs. It begins long ago when Fox had a disagreement with a mean-spirited Bear.