Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada is sensitive account of a mother and her son as they return to her childhood community. Fort Chipewyan is a Cree and Chipewyan community in northeastern Alberta. During the visit, mother and son meet relatives, go fishing, clean and dry their catch, make bannock, pick berries, and attend Treaty Day. Author Morningstar Mercredi has written an informative book that introduces young readers to a contemporary First Nations community.
Songs from the Loom - A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave is a sensitive and detailed account of a ten-year old Navajo girl's instruction in this traditional artform. The author and photographer, Monty Roessel, is Navajo and he shares his understanding and talent through the text and colour images of his daughter and mother. The story begins with the shearing of the family's sheep and preparation of the wool. Throughout the process, the grandmother explains the stories of how Spider Woman taught Changing Woman how to weave.
Drumbeatâ€¦Heartbeat - A Celebration of the Powwow by Assiniboine author Susan Braine explains the importance of the Powwow for Native North Americans. Many Native communities in United States and Canada hold this mainly summertime festival. The book, written as a personal reflection by a person who participates in Powwows, allows young readers an opportunity to understand Powwows and their significance for Native People. The various dance style categories and outfits, the importance of the drum, and Powwow protocol are explained.
Ininatig's Gift of Sugar - Traditional Native Sugarmaking is about an Ojibway elder from Leech Lake, Minnesota, who continues to harvest maple sap. Told from the perspective of the elder, this real-life story describes the step-by-step process involved in tapping the maple trees in a sugar bush to the final creation of maple syrup. Students from near-by schools visit the sugar bush to learn from this traditional teacher. Full colour photographs capture the details and the well-written text allows the reader to enter into this exciting tradition.
Kinaalda - A Navajo Girl Grows Up is the story of a thirteen-year-old Navajo girl as she prepares and participates in her coming-of-age ceremony. This traditional ceremony is still held by modern-day Navajo and the book shows one family's role in their daughter's Kinaalda. The text explains the origin of the ceremony and how an urban family observes it on the Navajo Reservation. Writer and photographer Monty Roessel is a Navajo freelance photographer. His sensitive text and colour images convey the importance of Elders in passing on traditional knowledge to the younger generation.
Clambake - A Wampanoag Tradition explains the traditional “appanaug” or seafood cooking ceremony among the contemporary Wampanoag people of Massachusetts. Twelve-year-old Steven Peters and his grandfather explain the preparations involved in the ceremony that marks the changing season or honours a tribal member. Grandfather shows Steven the way to prepare and host this event for friends and family. Writer Russell Peters is a Mashpee Wampanoag who currently resides in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Children of Clay - A Family of Pueblo Potters is an intimate and engaging look at the Santa Clara Pueblo family of potters from northern New Mexico. Rina Swentwell who comes from a large family of Pueblo potters writes this insider's view for young readers. The colour photographs and informative text follow Gia Rose, a great-grandmother, as she shows her grandchildren the step-by-step process of creating the distinctive Southwest pottery. The traditional story of how pottery came to the people is included. Maps, glossary, and bibliography are also provided.
Four Seasons of Corn - A Winnebago Tradition is the story of a twelve-year-old boy as he learns how to plant and harvest corn from his Winnebago grandfather. This modern family that resides in an urban centre maintains the tradition of planting corn. They travel to a farm where they plant corn. In the fall they harvest and dry the corn. The text includes the importance of the Green Corn Ceremony among the Winnebago as a time for giving thanks for the corn. A recipe for dried corn soup is included in this sensitive and informative volume.
OUT OF PRINT Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada is sensitive account of a mother and her son as they return to her childhood community. Fort Chipewyan is a Cree and Chipewyan community in northeastern Alberta. During the visit, mother and son meet relatives, go fishing, clean and dry their catch, make bannock, pick berries, and attend Treaty Day. Author Morningstar Mercredi has written an informative book that introduces young readers to a contemporary First Nations community.
OUT OF PRINT A Story To Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community is the photo essay of eleven-year old Marissa Kraus, a Tlingit girl who visits her grandmother's village of Kake, Alaska. The visit encourages Marissa to ask her grandmother about her ancestry and how the village looked during her grandmother's youth. Grandmother and granddaughter walk around the village and the grandmother shares her community's history. Visits to relatives introduce Marissa to salmon fishing, drying and preserving salmon, totem poles, the importance of the potlatch, as well as family clans.