The Trail of Tears by renowned Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac, is part of the Step into Reading program from Random House books. This beginning chapter book recounts the story of the Cherokee forced relocation in 1838. This title is classified as a Step 5 book in the series because it provides an independent reading experience for students who are ready for chapters. This title features longer paragraphs and contains coloured illustrations that encourage young readers to try a chapter book.
Crazy Horse's Vision is a children's picture book by Abenaki writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac. This story is a fictionalized biography about the childhood and coming of age of the noted Lakota Sioux leader and warrior. Crazy Horse was born in the fall of 1841 or 1842. During his childhood his parents and others in the Lakota village noticed that he was quiet and thoughtful, displaying leadership qualities. The boy did not always carry the name, Crazy Horse. At birth, his mother called the child Curly in recognition of his curly hair.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Wilma Mankiller: Chief of the Cherokee Nation is one of the titles in the Signature Lives Series published by Compass Point Books. The remarkable life story of Wilma Mankiller (1945- ) is told in nine chapters. As a Cherokee girl, Wilma Mankiller grew up during a time of change in America. She experienced first-hand the effects of the federal government's relocation program for Native Americans when her family was moved from their home in Oklahoma to San Francisco.
Offsides is a well-written novel that draws on the Iroquois heritage of a teenage soccer star who finds his cultural traditions trivialized and stereotyped by his new high school's sports team mascot. The Warriors, with its accompanying denigrating and war-like mascot, is a cherished part of the Southwind high school tradition. The soccer coach desperately wants this new Mohawk player who exhibits excellent skills. But Tom Gray sees this stereotyped mascot as an insult and wants the school to make a change. Tom refuses to play his beloved sport for the Southwind school.
UNAVAILABLE Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.
Stories of the People: Native American Voices was published in conjunction with the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition, Stories of the People, held at the Smithsonian in 1996-1997. The book celebrates six diverse cultures|Northern Plains, Tuscarora, Cherokee, Makah, Quechua, and Western Apache. Six curators from these cultural traditions write about their Nation's artistic expressions in material culture. The artistic beauty of the cultural objects is explained from a Native American perspective through oral tradition, story, and spiritual traditions.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Malian's Song provides fresh insight on an historical event maintained by Abenaki storytellers about the 1759 raid by Rogers' Rangers on the Abenaki community of St. Francis. Marge Bruchac, Abenaki storyteller and scholar, retells this oral history in her recent picture book for younger readers. Although the events may be disturbing, both author and illustrator combine their talents to produce a sensitive and engaging story through historically accurate text and non-violent images.
Tree Girl: A Novel is based on the real-life drama of a QuichÚ Mayan girl who survived the civil war in Guatemala. Gabriela is fourteen when the story opens and her nickname, Tree Girl, suits her well. In QuichÚ, her name is Laj Ali Re Jayub, meaning Tree Girl. She received this name because of her love of climbing trees and how these trees offered a sanctuary for her imagination. On the evening of her fifteenth birthday, her Quincinera, American-trained Guatemalan soldiers attack her village searching for guerillas.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Hidden Roots is a reprint of the historical novel by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. The story is set in small town New York State in the fall of 1954. Eleven-year-old Harold "Sonny" Camp deals with his problems in grade six by keeping his head down and avoiding attention. His family life is troubled due to the sudden rages from his mill worker father. These family violence issues are set against a backdrop of family secrets. Sonny loves his parents, especially his long-suffering mother and his Uncle Louis.
A Very Small Rebellion is a novel set in the 1950s in a Prairie classroom. The students are Metis and First Nation and their teacher introduces the idea of the class performing a play. The students begin their rehearsals and their study of the historic period in Canadian history known as the Riel or Northwest Resistance. The author has selected to combine a story about the students' school play along with brief entries at the beginning of each chapter that explains the events of Riel and the Metis Resistance.