The Voyage of Wood Duck: Ta'n Teli Kaqasimiliala'sis Malsikws is a children's picture book written by Maxine Trottier that tells the bilingual story of a Mi'kmaq boy named Wood Duck and his dream. The boy always wondered about the sea and what might lay beyond. He respected the land and water. One day he decided to build a canoe and go on a voyage and find out if his dream would be fulfilled. Together with ten others from his village Wood Duck set off. They travelled over the waves. Finally one day they sighted land and strange people, who had fluffy, white animals.
A Little Boy Catches a Whale is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French title is Un petit garçon pêche une baleine. The Mi'kmaq title is L'pa'tu'ji'j ne'pa'tl putupl. Allison Mitcham tells the English version of this story that is adapted from Silas Rand's original collection, Legends of the Micmacs, first issued in 1894. Helen Sylliboy provides the Mi'kmaq translation, and Judith Perron translated the English text into French.
Niwechihaw, I Help is a bilingual picture book that celebrates the role of a Cree grandmother (Kohkum) as she takes her grandson on a short trip to the bush to pick rosehips. Author Caitlin Dale Nicholson wrote and illustrated this gentle story with spare repetitive language about the child watching and following the lead of his teacher, Kohkum. As he follows his grandmother, the boy watches and learns the cultural practices necessary to properly gather the ingredients to make rosehip tea.
Thomas and the Metis Cart, Tumaas ekwa li michif sharey is a bilingual story book that features a short history lesson with Michif and English text. Written by Bonnie Murray with translation by Rita Flamand, the story features a student named Thomas who receives a science project to create something with wheels. After discussing this project with his father, the pair creates a Red River Cart. Much to the boy's surprise he wins first prize in science for this historical creation. Illustrated by Sheldon Dawson, this simple story offers a Michif language resource for Metis students.
Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless is a biography published by James Lorimer and Company, written by Karen Lewis about the life and lacrosse career of well-known sports figure Gaylord Powless (1946-2001). Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Gaylord came from a family of lacrosse players and began playing the sport when he was young. The author provides basic details about the Six Nations Iroquois, the community, family, and education system that made up Gaylord's world.
Tuk and the Whale is a chapter book that tells the story of a first contact situation between an Inuit hunting camp on Baffin Island and European whalers during the early 1600s. Storyteller Raquel Rivera has written the account of the lost and helpless whalers meeting Inuit hunters through the perspective of a young Inuk boy, Tuk. Tuk's family is in their winter camp as he sees an odd boat of Qallunnaat or foreigners. The men from the boat are hungry and want to enlist the aid of the Inuit in finding and killing the Arvik, a large black whale.
Pitseolak Ashoona: Inuit Artist is one of the titles in the Reaching Readers, Canadian Biographies series published by Pearson Education. This biography is written for the Guided Reading Level O-P and the DRA Level 40. This brief biography of Inuk artist Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) provides young readers with basic information about her family and way of life in the Arctic. Her life as an artist came later in life but this prolific artist documented the Inuit cultural lifestyle as well as legends in her works.
Harvesting: Cree Hunting and Gathering Techniques by Edmund Metatawabin is published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 60-page book offers readers with an understanding of the James Bay Cree (Mushkegowuk) traditional economy of hunting, fishing, and gathering. Told in a fictional story format the book explains the traditional techniques that continue to sustain the people of western James Bay. A young man finds the teachings of his Elders critical for his survival in the bush as he applies the teachings to his northern environment.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher The Great Animal Debate: A Play is a drama written by Cree educator and storyteller Joel Wesley. He wrote the play for students in the Junior and Intermediate divisions. The focus of the play is the environment and how the original animals of the Earth engaged in a great debate when human beings first appeared and the animal world had to decide what action to take. Long ago, the world was occupied by Weesakeechak and the animals, birds and fish.
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story is a traditional legend created by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a way to create culturally appropriate fire prevention material. This traditional legend is retold by Johnny Arlee about fire as a gift of the Creator brought by the animals for human beings. Evocative illustrations by Sam Sandoval convey the message of the gift of fire. Culturally relevant information about the Salish language, traditional story protocol, and the role of fire in Salish cultural history are included.