Bone Black by Carol GoldenEagle, Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, is a story about Wren StrongEagle. There are too many stories about Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, and it doesn’t seem as though official sources such as government, police or the courts respond in a way that works toward finding justice or even solutions. In Bone Black, Wren is devastated when her twin sister, Raven, mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening visiting at a local pub.
The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets by Joseph Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River and illustrated by Simon Daniel James, an Indigenous artist from the Mamalilikulla/Kwicksutaineuk clans from the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, is told with grace and simplicity by a master storyteller in the great tradition of the Kwantlen people and accompanied by whimsical illustrations from this Kwakwaka’wakw artist. “Deep in the thickest part of a cedar forest there lived a young Sasquatch. He was over nine feet tall and his feet were about size twenty.
Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak is written by Roy Henry Vickers of Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk and English ancestry, and Robert Budd. This sturdy board book is also brightly and boldly illustrated by Vickers to introduce iconic sounds of the West Coast. Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak supports the language development of babies and toddlers.
Voices from the Skeena is a collaboration between oral historian Robert Budd and artist Roy Henry Vickers. The Skeena River, the second longest in British Columbia, and called the Xsien or Water of the Clouds by the Tsimshian and Gitksan for the role it plays in their lives, is also the focus of voices of other past inhabitants of the region. In this respect, by the 1800s the river was also home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers drawn to the region by the area's beauty and natural resources.
Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue is a sturdy, vibrantly illustrated and glossy board book by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This book introduces babies and toddlers to colours and the rhythm of the changing seasons of the Pacific North West coast through the greys of winters, reds and orange glow of sunsets, yellow berries of summer and other images of nature.
The Thunderbird Poems is a slim collection by Ojibwe author, poet and filmmaker Armand Garnet Ruffo's tribute to the late artist Norval Morrisseau's artwork. These inspired poems are organized into four sections: Life Scroll; Shaman Rider; Mother of All Things; and Indian Canoe. The poems were inspired by Ruffo's study of Morrisseau's artwork. This poetic inspiration from art pieces allows the reader a unique avenue into Morrisseau's meanings, traditions and emotions. Mature content.
Peace Dancer by fourth and final installment of the award-winning and bestselling Northwest Coast Legends series by the award-winning artist Roy Henry Vickers. In this 40-page picture book the children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings down a powerful storm. The rain floods the Earth and villagers have no choice but to abandon their homes and flee to their canoes.
Orca Chief is the third picture book in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaborations, Raven Brings the Light (2013) and Cloudwalker (2014), are award-winning national bestsellers. Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor.