Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac offers an overview of North American Indian history, culture and traditions through a variety of Native American stories. He uses brief stories that explore such topics as origins and creation, who Native People are, life and death, Trickster, Contact and the coming of Europeans, the generations: parents, grandparents, children, animal, people, and plants, and the drum as the heartbeat. Reading Level: 7.9; ATOS Level: 7.9.
Historical fiction novel that features the life of George Johnson, son of Mohawk mother (Molly Brant) and English father (Sir William Johnson) who live in New York State. The story begins just before the outbreak of the American Revolution when life for young George and his family is one of ease and privilege. War's impact on the Iroquois Confederacy and George's Mohawk family is brutal. The 13-year-old youth joins the war effort and he learns about the devastation of war. A novel that examines the life of a little known youth whose parents' lives were larger than life.
Tohtonha - The Hermit Thrush is a bilingual Mohawk/English language resource adapted by Kawinonhsen Audrey Nelson for use by elementary students at Kanehsatake, Quebec. The story explains how a tiny bird won a challenge and was rewarded with a beautiful song by the Creator. This 23-page text is written in the Mohawk language with an English translation. An excellent teaching resource for anyone learning Kanehsatake Mohawk. Please note: cost reflects publisher's full-colour photocopying expenses.
UNAVAILABLE Big Skunk, and Wolverine and the Wolves is a recent publication produced by the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre. Intended for mature readers, the two traditional Cree stories contained in this book were collected from storytellers along the west coast of James Bay. They were transcribed and translated by Anastasia Weesk. Raphael Wabano tells the Big Skunk legend. Michael Patrick relates the story about Wolverine and the Wolves. The publisher should be congratulated for creating a book for readers that will appeal to English speakers and those who are Cree syllabics readers.
Story Circle Two: George's Hunting Trip and Other Stories is a primary level reader developed for the Circle Program, an integrated ESL language arts program for Native students. The text contains four stories with illustrations by First Nations artists. The stories are adapted from original texts and rewritten specifically for First Nations students.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher We Get Our Living Like Milk From the Land was researched and written by the Okanagan Rights Committee and the Okanagan Indian Education Resource Society for the Okanagan Tribal Council as historical background information about the Okanagan People of British Columbia. The history begins at Creation and outlines Okanagan history as well as how the European and later Canadian governments have dealt with Native People.
Illustrated History of the Chippewas of Nawash is history from a First Nation's perspective told in graphic novel format. Polly Keeshig-Tobias researched, wrote and designed this unique history of her community, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. The story is presented in comic book format with a narrative style that covers eleven episodes. Set in the Saugeen Peninsula of Grey/Bruce Counties of Ontario, the story takes the reader though the periods of history of Native People in Ontario. We are introduced to leading figures that worked to maintain their people's traditional territory.
I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud to young children. Bernalda Wheeler creates a refreshing way to introduce young children to contemporary First Nations/Native people. Her character is a young boy who asks his mother to make some bannock. Bannock is a traditional bread made by most First Nations in northern Canada. The mother explains why she can't use her stove until the hydro line is fixed. It all comes down to the fact that a beaver has cut down a tree for his dam.
Tsitsho Tanon Tehahonhtane:ken Ka:kara - The Story of the Fox and the Rabbit is a bilingual Mohawk and English language resource adapted by Kawinonhsen Audrey Nelson for elementary students at Kanehsatake, Quebec. This 44-page illustrated text is written in Mohawk and English. An excellent teaching resource for anyone learning Kanehsatake Mohawk. Please note: cost reflects publisher's full-colour photocopying expenses.