Respected Cowichan Tribe Elder and botanical expert Luschiim, Arvid Charlie, began his education in early childhood, learning from his great grandparents and others of their generation. Luschiim’s Plants represents his dedication to the survival of the Hul′q′umi′num′ language and traditional knowledge of plants for future generations.
Fire Song is a young adult novel by first-time prose writer Adam Garnet Jones. Following the release of his independent film of the same name, Jones was approached by Annick Press because they believed this story would make a fine novel. Cree/Metis/Danish filmmaker found the task challenging and the result is potentially an award-winning book that will appeal to teens.
The East Side of It All by Joseph Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation, is a first-hand experience of life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world and traditional Indigenous, Kwantlen, storytelling. Dandurand's voice is lyrical yet intimate, obscured yet sitting with you at the kitchen table. The East Side of It All is the journey of a broken man who finally accepts his storytelling gift and shares with the world his misery, joy and laughter.
Please Not Me! A Story of Pain, Healing, Family and Traditional Culture, is a story about tragedy, hope, and ultimately determination by Arlene Roberta Greyeyes, a proud Plains Cree woman raised on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. It is a story about love of one’s family and the power of healing inherent in First Nations ceremonies. In 1999 Arlene Roberta Greyeyes received a devastating diagnosis: doctors discovered a Grade III-IV brain tumour on her left frontal lobe.
Starlight by Richard Wagamese (Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in northwestern Ontario) is the story of Frank Starlight who has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go.
Sh:lam (The Doctor) is a collection of poetry by Joseph A. Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River, east of Vancouver. The author writes, "This is the truth of what has happened to my people. The Kwantlen people used to number in the thousands but like all river tribes, eighty percent of our people were wiped out by smallpox and now there are only 200 of us.
Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science is by Enrique Salmón, PhD, who is head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay, in Hayward, California. His own Rarámuri family has always gathered, grown, and used plants for many medicinal and cultural purposes. The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures.
ohpikinâwasowin/Growing a Child: Implementing Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Indigenous Families is edited by Ralph Bodor; Avery Calhoun; Leona Makokis, Elder and member of the Kehewin Cree Nation; and Stephanie Tyler. In ohpikinâwasowin/Growing a Child contributors to this collection invert the long-held, colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and systems of child welfare in Canada. Western theory and practice are over-represented in child welfare services for Indigenous peoples, not the other way around.
Braiding Sweetgrass has been updated with a new introduction from Robin Wall Kimmerer, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In this bound in stamped linen cloth with a bookmark ribbon and a deckled edge, this second edition features five brilliantly colored illustrations by artist Nate Christopherson. Drawing on her life as an Indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.
Medicines to Help Us: Traditional Métis Plant Use is based on Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s painting “Medicines to Help Us". This innovative and vibrant resource honours the centuries-old healing traditions of Métis women. Christi Belcourt fuses her evocative artwork with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Western Science. With contributions from Métis Elders Rose Richardson and Olive Whitford, as well as key Michif phrases and terminology, Medicines to Help Us is the most accessible resource relating to Métis healing traditions produced to date.