Indigenous Filmmakers and Actors by Gary Robinson, of Choctaw Cherokee descent includes the profiles of twelve Indigenous actors and filmmakers. They tell their stories of the hard work and struggle that went into their careers. Overcoming prejudice and stereotypes in the film industry, fighting to make and promote films that demonstrate an honest portrayal of Indigenous life and heritage. Their stories show how there’s more to filmmaking than acting and directing, including writing, producing, editing, designing, and special effects.
Knowing Native Arts by Nancy Marie Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, discusses the significance of Indigenous arts in national and global milieus. Knowing Native Arts is written from the perspective of a senior academic and curator traversing a dynamic and at turns fraught era of Native self-determination, providing a critical appraisal of a system that is often broken for Native peoples seeking equity in the arts.
Mi'kmaw Daily Drum: Mi'kmaw Culture For Every Day of the Week is written and illustrated by Mi'kwaw artist Alan Syliboy. Mi'kmaw Daily Drum is in the style of his Mi'kmaw Animals baby board book, which was shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Mi'kmaw Daily Drum showcases seven of Syliboy's popular Daily Drum artworks, each paired with a different day of the week. From Spirit Woman to Caribou to Round Dance, Mi'kmaw culture and teachings are made accessible to toddlers in this vibrant book form.
This Place: 150 Years Retold includes a variety of historical and contemporary stories that highlight important moments in Indigenous and Canadian history. It introduces students to the unique demographic, historical, and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, and explores acts of sovereignty and resiliency.
Indigenous Women’s Theatre in Canada: A Mechanism of Decolonization by Sarah MacKenzie, an Anishinaabe/Métis/Scottish, feminist scholar and activist, writes that despite a recent increase in the productivity and popularity of Indigenous playwrights in Canada, most critical and academic attention has been devoted to the work of male dramatists, leaving female writers on the margins.
Red: Un Manga Haida is the French version of the ground-breaking title Red, A Haida Manga, written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. This book was translated from English by Marc Founier. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay written by Shane Koyczan, Cree, and now available in paperback, is a dual language English and Cree poetry and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, of Cree ancestry; Joseph Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s; Jim Logan, who grew up in a Métis household; and Nadia Kwandibens Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt.
Becoming Our Future, edited by Julie Nagam, Anishinaabe/Métis/German/Syrian; Carly Lane, a Murri woman from Queensland; and Megan Tamati-Quennell (Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu), of Māori descent, investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu.
The Making of a Star Blanket includes commentaries by Katherine and Leo Pettipas and is illustrated by Don Monkman. The Making of a Star Blanket provides an opportunity for students to work with paper and colour, while integrating the concept of numbers into the learning and teaching process.
Dreaming in Color by Melanie Florence, of Cree and Scottish heritage, is a story about Jennifer McCaffrey. Jennifer or Jen has been working hard on her art for years and is thrilled when she is accepted to a prestigious art school. The school is everything she always thought it would be, mostly. There is one group of kids who seem to resent her and say she only got in because of her skin color. Jen knows she deserves to be there.