‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.
Pahgedenaun is a work by Robert Houle, an internationally-acclaimed Saulteaux artist and grew up in the community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. His real name, his Saulteaux name, is Blue Thunder, not used when he entered residential school at age seven. Pahgedenuan is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind” embodied in this 9 x 10.5 hardcover publication, which brings together drawings and installations of his childhood suffering.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a foreword by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
Indigenous Communities in Canada: Haida Nation is a children’s information book written by Kung Jaadee. Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a traditional Haida storyteller, singer and drummer from Haida Gwaii in Northern British Columbia. She teaches Xaad Kil/Haida language and culture.
New Architecture on Indigenous Lands is an introduction to a contemporary genre of North American architecture. This 416-page volume by professor of architecture at the University of Illinois Joy Monice Malnar along with professor of fine arts at Loyola University Chicago Frank Vodvarka breaks new, academic ground for Indigenous architecture.
We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture contains five chapters about the ways First Nations and Inuit use art, film, television, and journalism to express their perspectives and inform Canadian society. Scholars Miranda J. Brady, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, and John M. H.
Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art in Marquetry is an introduction to the art form of marquetry or painting with wood veneers using Pacific Northwest classic design forms. This step-by-step guide by Paul R. Dean provides instructions for reproducing a Nuuchahnulth blue hummingbird design using cutting exercises. Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of wood veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.