The Strength of Women: Ahkameyimowak by Cree scholar Pricilla Settee, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, is an important addition to literature by and about First Nations and Métis women. Âhkamêyimowak is a Cree word which embodies the strength that drives women to persevere, flourish, and work for change within their communities. The stories included here are by women with vision, who inspire and lead those who have lived in their midst.
Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection is an amazing anthology of 21 trickster stories told in a comic book format collected by Matt Dembicki who worked with Native American storytellers and graphic novel illustrators. Trickers include Coyote, Raven, Azban, Rabbit, Waynaboozhoo, Espun, and Mai. Azban and Crayfish is authored by James and Joseph Bruchac with Matt Dembicki as illustrator. Some stories are humourous, others scary, while all stories offer a teaching and something to learn. Over 800 colour illustrations are included in this graphic collection.
The Red Indians: An Episodic, Informal Collections of Tales from the Aboriginal People's Struggles in Canada is an interesting and highly accessible introduction to issues relating to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Written without capitals, indexes, or footnotes, this work introduces students to specific issues in history and politics through a unique style of storytelling.
This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades is an anthology of 33 narratives, poetry, personal reflection pieces, and essays that were collected and edited by Leanne Simpson and Kiera Ladner in honour of the 1990 event known as the Oka Crisis. The editors are clear in their discussion of why they felt compelled to solicit works that celebrate the commitment, sacrifices, and achievements of the Kanien'kehaka individuals and communities involved.
Zaagidiwin is a Many Splendoured Thing: Love, Laughter and Learning Stories from Aboriginal Writers is an anthology of twelve short stories written by Aboriginal authors on the theme of Love for the Ningwakwe Learning Press. Zaagidiwin is an Ojibwe word that loosely translates as love. Well-known Ojibwe writer Drew Hayden Taylor contributes the foreword to the collection. The authors tackled the issue of love in this collection that draws on First Nations and Metis traditions and brings these personal stories of love and loss to literacy audiences. Caution: mature themes and content.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Initiations: A Selection of Young Native Writings is the 2007 publication of the Aboriginal Youth Challenge writing competition's winning entries. These 21 essays, poetic prose, fiction, non-fiction, biography, and poetry are written by accomplished Aboriginal youth over the three years of the Dominion Institute's Our Story Writing Challenge. The youth were given the general task of writing a narrative that portrayed a moment in time of First Nations history. The age categories were 14-18 and 19-29.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth is a collection of 19 poems or quotes from Native American sayings, songs, and stories organized by Rosebud Sioux writer Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. While many of the selections are English translations from the Bureau of American Ethnology Reports, Sneve has also included four of her poems in this simple anthology for children. The colour drawings with Plains and Southwest designs and images compliment the selections.
Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women is an anthology of short stories written by fifteen Aboriginal women from the United States. This selection offers two or three stories by each author to allow the reader to find a deeper understanding of the writer's work. The editors chose to include enrolled tribal members as well as those who self-identify. A brief introduction examines the works for themes such as identity and life cycles. The editors have included a brief biography of each writer as well as a helpful index.