I Am Not a Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School. Despite their pleading the family is forced to relinquish their children to the nuns or face fines and prison time.
Native Men of Courage, revised edition is the 2016 title in Native Trailblazer Series. This volume offers elementary readers 10 biographical sketches about Indigenous men who have contributed significantly to the betterment of First Nations, Native American, Inuit, and Metis communities. Each person selected by Mohawk author Vincent Schilling offers readers an insight to men of distinction living and working in Canada and the United States.
The Long Run by award-winning Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is the most recent release by 7th Generations Books in the PathFinders Series. This series is ideal for reluctant readers interested in realistic and action-filled, linear plots written by Native American and First Nation authors. This young adult fictional account a seventeen year old Passamaquoddy youth who runs away from the Seattle homeless shelter back to his elderly grandparents in Maine.
Jordin Tootoo: the Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL is a young adult novel from the Record Books Series from James Lorimer Publishers. This high interest and low vocabulary title is aimed at reluctant teen readers whose reading is at a grades 3 and 4 level. Jordin Tootoo is the first Inuk to join a NHL hockey team. His brother's suicide is discussed as one of the challenges he has faced along with some of his successes as a young man and .a major hokey player.
The Lost Teachings Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l by Michael James Isaac is an engaging story, with effective illustrations by Dozay Arlene Christmas, allows the reader to reconnect to and understand the seven Grandfather teachings and their meaning in relation to themselves and society as a whole. The Lost Teachings is a story about the importance of the seven teachings — wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage and truth — and how interconnected they are in achieving balance, harmony and peace for individuals and society as a whole.
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People is a well-told picture book about the outstanding Lakota Sioux leader known as Tatanka Iyotake, was probably born in 1831. He was one of the greatest Lakota Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull’s childhood, killing his first buffalo at age 10, to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army. When he was a child the family called him Slow because he was a thoughtful child who took his time in deliberation before making a major decision.
Chroniques de l'Amautalik: Ogresse de la Mythologie Inuite is the French language edition of Inhabit Media's Stories of the Amautalik: fantastic beings from Inuit myths and legends first released in English in 2009. This French edition about the dreaded amautalik or ogress terrifies two Inuit communities, including five young but resourceful children. In this 44-page children's illustrated book these young adventurers are able to face one of the most frightening beings to roam the Arctic.
The Dreaded Ogress of the Tundra is an outstanding and spine-tingling book, when three children come face to face with one of the tundra’s most fearsome creatures: the amautalik. A huge and smelly ogress that loves nothing more than to kidnap children, an amautalik is one of the worst monsters a child can come up against. In order to escape the clutches of the frightful ogress, the children will have to outsmart her by thinking quickly. This revised edition, originally published as Stories of the Amautalik, shares two accounts about this dreaded ogress of the Arctic Region.
Told from a Standing Rock Sioux point of view, Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk, Lakota medicine man who lived from 1863 to 1950, follows him from childhood through adulthood.