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.
Muskgege Carol's Traditional Medicines is written by Caroline Sanoffsky and illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton. Muskgege is a written record of traditional knowledge, passed down through the generations. It features descriptions and illustrations of 36 wild plants that can be used to make medicines. It is a beautiful and compelling reminder of the important role nature plays in First Nations culture.“We are all visitors to this land, our land has so much to offer, our land is overflowing with the medicines our bodies need, but we are only passing through.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) by Carol Rose GoldenEagle , Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Abused in their own communities or in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another.
Moccasin Souls is by Jules Koostachin, Cree and band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. Moccasin Souls, a haunting memoir follows AaSheeNii / Good Spirit, a hopeful Trickster with a burning desire for change and growth, as they set off on their path into the world of the InNiNeWak/human beings. Selected by a council of Sacred Beings, AaSheeNii makes their way into the world of the living on AsKi / Earth.
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree by Ruth Dyckfehderau and the James Bay Cree Storytellers is the second edition of the groundbreaking work of the same name and now includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller. In The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec.
Global Indigenous Health: Reconciling the Past, Engaging the Present, Animating the Future is an edited volume by Robert Henry, Métis; Amanda LaVallee, Red River Métis; Nancy Van Styvendale; and Robert Alexander Innes, a member of Cowessess First Nation. Global Indigenous Health discusses how Indigenous peoples globally have a keen understanding of their health and wellness through traditional knowledge systems.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Best Medicine is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta.