Little Voice by Ruby Slipperjack is a children's book, part of the In the Same Boat Series published by Coteau Books. This Series of novels celebrates the diverse cultures of Canada by publishing works for middle years readers written by authors who can tell a good stories from a perspective that is not English or French. In this book, Ruby Slipperjack, an Ojibwe educator and author, tells the story about an 11-year-old girl who finds her identity through the loving nature and traditional teaching of her Ojibwe grandmother.
Very Last First Time by children's author, Jan Andrews, offers an interesting perspective on a traditional Inuit food gathering technique told through the eyes of contemporary Inuit child. Eva Padlyat lives in an Inuit village on the shores of Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. This modern village continues a traditional practice of collecting mussels from the sea bed. On a bright winter day, Eva and her mother go out to the shore and wait until the tide is out. Then Eva's mother walks along the frozen sea until she locates an excellent spot for making a hole in the ice.
Monkey Beach combines both joy and tragedy in a harrowing yet restrained story of grief and survival, and of a family on the edge of heartbreak. In the first English-language novel to be published by a Haisla writer, Eden Robinson offers a rich celebration of life in the settlement of Kitamaat, on the coast of British Columbia. The story grips the reader from the beginning. It is the morning after the narrator's brother has gone missing at sea; the mood is tense in the family house, as speculations remain unspoken.
My Name is Seepeetza is the diary format novel written by Nlakapamux author Shirley Sterling about her life as a twelve-year-old attending the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The entries, from September 1958 to August 1959, offer students a glimpse of what life was like for a girl from a First Nation family sent to residential school. Instead of her Nlakapamux name, the girl is known by the teachers as Martha Stone. The life at residential school is filled with rules, harsh discipline, and severe nuns.
Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod about the importance of respecting the environment is now back in print. In this story, a young girl goes out to the garden with her grandmother. The child has never visited the garden and the two leave the warmth of a log cabin and begin a long walk outdoors. As they walk, grandmother tells the child about nature and the proper way to pick berries and gather wild plants. They take just enough berries to eat and are careful not to trample the delicate plants.
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman's struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a First Nation girl adopted by a White family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the Reserve for their mother's funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present. Ojibwe playwright was the Winner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award Small Theatre: Outstanding New Play.
Jingle Dancer is a wonderful picture book by noted children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith. The story is told about a Muscogee Creek/Ojibway girl who longs to dance at the upcoming community powwow. Jenna is a thoroughly modern girl who lives in suburbia and learns to dance the jingle dress dance by watching a VCR tape of her grandmother dancing. Time is limited and Jenna and her grandmother have to improvise in order to complete Jenna's first jingle dress. The key elements are the tin cones that make the soft tinkling sound as the dancer bounce-steps in the powwow arena.
Rain Is Not My Indian Name is a young adult novel written by Creek children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith. The heroine is 14-year-old girl of mixed Creek-Cherokee-Scots ancestry. Cassidy Rain Berghoff lives with her older brother and his fiancé in a small Kansas town. Her mother has died a few years earlier and her father is in the military stationed in Guam. Her grandfather is off vacationing in Vegas. On the eve of her New Year's Day birthday, Rain spends a special evening with her best friend Galen.
The Boy in the Treehouse, and Girl Who Loved Her Horses is collection of two plays about the process of children becoming adults by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. In The Boy in the Treehouse, Simon, the son of an Ojibwe mother and a British father, climbs into his half-finished tree house on the vision-quest his books say is necessary for him to reclaim his mother's culture.
Frogs have been stolen, an earthquake rumbles, a village is in peril. To restore the environment, a Pacific Northwest girl must delve beneath the surface of a lake, deep into a spirit world. She finds out that the land is being influenced by the actions of people. Returning the missing frogs to their rightful home is her goal. Vivid illustrations and helpful background notes make this picture book a valuable resource about consequences of human behavior on the environment.