The Secret of Your Name: Proud to be Metis, Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen, Aen Kishchitaymook Aen Li Michif Iwik, is the 2010 picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Long Powwow Nights, Iskewsis, Dear Mother is a moving picture book co-written by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk. The bilingual 32-page book has text in English and Mi'kmaq and an audio CD accompanies the book. Bouchard's rhythmic poems are inspired by the child's fond memories of powwows attended with his mother. Raised in a single parent family, the narrator shows his love for the powwow event, the dancers, the long car rides to the powwow, and the intricate regalia. Toward the end of the narrative the reader learns about the mother's changing health and her death.
The Drum Calls Softly is Métis writer David Bouchard's picture book co-written with educator Shelley Willier and illustrated by Jim Poitras. The story is told in rhyming verse as the narrator celebrates with others the joy of the round dance and the music of the drum. This bilingual Cree and English book offers readers insight into the cultural understanding of First Nations by drawing them into the circle. They explore the seasons, the life cycle, cultural values, and making new friends. The 32-page book is illustrated with colour paintings of the dance by Jim Poitras.
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance: The Glorious Imposter is the fascinating account of the life of Sylvester Long (1890-1932) of North Carolina as he managed to convince an unsuspecting public that he was not Black but rather he was either Cherokee or Blackfoot (Siksika). This account by renowned historian Donald Smith offers readers an engaging biography and an intriguing historical mystery. With impeccable scholarship and numerous historical photographs, the author presents the imposter's life as Long deceives both American and Canadian officials.
An Aboriginal Carol is a 2008 release from Red Deer Press that truly represents the collaboration of Métis author David Bouchard, Inuk musician Susan Aglukark, and Ojibwe artist Moses Beaver. Each artist brings their unique talents to a revised version of the “Huron Carol”. Based on the original “Jesus ahatonhia” written by Jean de Brebeuf around 1643 this song was translated into English by Jesse Edgar Middleton in 1926. It was Middleton who incorrectly added the Ojibwe terms Manitou and Gitchi Manitou to the song originally written in Wendat.
Nokum Ma Voix Et Mon Coeur is the French language edition of Nokum is My Teacher by David Bouchard. Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in French and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community.
Orphans in the Sky is a picture book that tells a story about a brother and sister who are orphans in a long ago Arctic village. The older brother and younger sister are out on the land looking for small game because the people are hungry. But while they search for food the village has decided to move camp. Inadvertently the orphans are overlooked and the people leave without them. Brother and sister return to find the camp gone. Alone again they try to think how they will survive and consider living with cousins such as the caribou or the seas.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Hidden Buffalo is a wonderful children's picture book that combines great storytelling with brilliant illustration. The story is set among the Plains Cree of the distant past. A band has gone through a lean summer without locating the buffalo herds. Fall has arrived and there is no sign of the much-needed herds. A young man named Sky Running looks out across the distance and realizes that winter will be severe without the food provisions. At the evening campfire he listens as his grandmother explains how the buffalo reside in the depths of a lake.
Un Cantique Autochtone is the French edition of An Aboriginal Carol, a recent release from Red Deer Press that truly represents the collaboration of Métis author David Bouchard, Inuit musician Susan Aglukark, and Ojibwe artist Moses Beaver. Each artist brings their unique talents to a newly revised version of the Huron Carol. Based on the original Jesus ahatonhia written by Jean de Brebeuf, this picture book contains a CD with the readings of the carol in English and Inuktitut as well as the song performed in Inuktitut by Susan Aglukark.