The Bulrush Helps the Pond is a description of northeastern Saskatchewan's wetland ecology as seen through the eyes of the Swampy Cree people. The book presents a visual exploration of the seasonal cycle of nature on a pond. The book is generously illustrated with full-colour nature photographs and the occasional sketch. Each photo image presents an animal, water bird, or plant that resides on or around a marshland ecosystem. The focus is the bulrush and both text and images tell the story of the changing seasons. The book begins in the fall season with the arrival of various ducks.
Will's Garden is writer Lee Maracle's first young adult novel. This story is set in British Columbia in a Sto:lo community where Will and his sister Sarah attend high school off the reserve. The extended family prepares for Will's coming of age ceremony that marks the important role of men in their culture. The differences between the matrilineal extended family's cooperation and the high school's culture of racism, name-calling, bullying, and homophobia is striking.
Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself is the memoirs of noted Abenaki writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac. This book is a revealing look at Bruchac's childhood memories of growing up with his Abenaki grandfather. Bruchac recalls growing up at his grandparent's store, Bowman's general store and gas station located in the Adirondack foothills of New York. His early years are filled with secrecy and mystery because Bruchac was raised by maternal grandparents and only infrequently visited with his parents and younger sister.
Ohkwa:ri Akoksa:ta - The Bear's Child is a bilingual Mohawk and English language resource adapted by Tewateronhiakwa Mina Beauvais for use by elementary students at Kanehsatake, Quebec. This illustrated story tells how a young boy is left in the woods by his uncle and is cared for by a bear family. The story teaches the values of caring and respect. It also stresses that people should admit when they have done wrong as the uncle did when he returned to search the woods for his nephew. The uncle was successful and he returned his nephew to his family.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Return of the Travelling Star is produced by Ganohkwa Sra Family Assault Support Services, Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Written by Sandra Montour, Return of the Travelling Star is a culturally appropriate story designed to show adolescents there are healthy and respectful ways of social interaction. The story is based on the Iroquois understanding that each star has a distinct and special purpose. One star is known as The Travelling Star and only returns to our sky once every two hundred years.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher In The Native Creative Process: A Collaborative Discourse Between Douglas Cardinal and Jeannette Armstrong, architect and writer explore literary and artistic creative processes from a contemporary Native perspective. Each artist discusses values, knowledge, spirituality and creativity from their unique viewpoints. Douglas Cardinal is a Metis architect whose award-winning building designs reflect his view that design is a spiritual process.
April Raintree is the 2016 revised edition of In Search of April Raintree, adapted for use in high school. The tragic story of two Metis sisters caught in the foster home system makes compelling reading. The author explores the search for identity, racism, treatment of Native children and violence in this powerful novel revised especially for use in high school. This new edition has a foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair. Reading Level: 8.1; Lexile Measure: 750.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE Shakotinenioia'ks - The Little People is a Mohawk language resource adapted by Skaronhianon:we Hattie Nelson for use by elementary students at Kanehsatake, Quebec. This story explains the encounter between a young man and the legendary Little People. The Little People reward the youth's fearless nature with gifts of knowledge about the animals, medicines and plants. This 21-page illustrated text is written in the Mohawk language only. There is no English translation provided. An excellent teaching resource for anyone learning Kanehsatake Mohawk.