Indigenous Communities in Canada: Nuu-chah-nulth (PB)

SKU: 9781773086392

Dawn Smith
Indigenous Communities in Canada
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five
Book Type:
Beech Street Books
Indigenous Communities in Canada
Copyright Date:

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Indigenous Communities in Canada: Nuu-chah-nulth is an elementary level information book by Dawn Smith. Published by Beech Street Books, this book is part of their Curriculum Connections series. Indigenous Communities in Canada are about the past and present-day culture and history of Indigenous communities in Canada. Indigenous Communities in Canada: Nuu-chah-nulth, describes the location of Nuu-chah-nulth territories along the mountains of the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and Washington, USA.  The Nuu-chah-nulth are part of the Wakashan language group of the Nootka people. The first chapter discusses the way of life and the history of the 16 Nations and traditions respecting family and nature. It also notes the changes that occurred with the arrival of Europeans under James Cook referencing tensions that arose in comparison with the freedom of their ancestors. The creation of the Indian Act, the establishment of residential schools and the development of reserves disrupted Nuu-chah-nulth culture notwithstanding their continuing work for self-determination today. In chapter two, Values and Teachings discuss what it is to be human and connection to family and nature including to the 10 relatives, self-respect and pride. Chapter three is about celebrations and seasons, name-giving, ceremonies and feasts or potlaches. The 12 moons are also observed and are seasons of harvesting that are also related to the importance of the red cedar tree, seafood, ocean tides, canoe and later technology. Chapter four focuses on life today through culture, art, language, and governance. A daily prayer to the Creator is included. A map of Nuu-chah-nulth shows traditional territory is shown in colour. The text is complemented by colourful photos and the content introduces primary and junior level students to the Nuu-chah-nulth. Throughout the text readers will find ‘Say It’ prompts to pronounce Abenaki words as well as Inquiry questions. Includes a table of contents, glossary, information on learning more with websites, an index and information about the authors. Guided reading level: M. Recommended.

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