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.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Gift Horse: A Lakota Story was written and illustrated by Lakota artist S. D. Nelson. This picture book is based on the early life of his great-grandfather, Flying Cloud, and his journey from youth to manhood. The story is told about the horse named Storm gifted to Flying Cloud. The horse played a major role in the life of the Lakota people. Flying Cloud makes the journey from a child to a young man or warrior by accomplishing his Vision Quest.
Powwow's Coming is a celebration of the contemporary powwow in picture book format. Teacher Linda Boyden provides a rhyming verse to attract young children to the fun one can enjoy at a powwow. Boyden skillfully takes the main points of a powwow and creates anticipation in the charming verse. She invites children to listen for the drum and then to watch as the powwow grounds are set up with the vendors' booths. The cut-paper collage illustrations on each page with the accompanying text provide children with an understanding of the contemporary event.
Competition: Deal With It From Start to Finish is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how healthy competition can be useful and how to handle the negative side of competition. Competition is defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.
The Hungry Time is a children's fiction book first published in 1980. Despite the age of the text, the storyline remains relevant. This story is set in the long ago time period of Southern Ontario when the Mississauga people lived in the Toronto region before contact with the Europeans. A small camp of people is suffering during one particularly harsh winter. They refer to this time as a hungry time. Everyone was very hungry and many were becoming weak. The men tried to search for game everyday.
Orphans in the Sky is a picture book that tells a story about a brother and sister who are orphans in a long ago Arctic village. The older brother and younger sister are out on the land looking for small game because the people are hungry. But while they search for food the village has decided to move camp. Inadvertently the orphans are overlooked and the people leave without them. Brother and sister return to find the camp gone. Alone again they try to think how they will survive and consider living with cousins such as the caribou or the seas.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Old Man with the Otter Medicine (Eneeko Nambe Il'oo K'eezho) is a traditional Dene legend told by George Blondin, respected Elder and storyteller, and adapted by his late son John Blondin (1960-1996). This new Theytus publication is a bilingual picture book with the story printed in English and the Weledeh Dialect of the Dogrib (Na-Dene) language. This simply-told story for young children explains how a village of Dene people long ago were used to catching many fish from the nearby lake.