La vie autochtone au Canada: au passé, au présent et au futur: Les traditions orales et la narration D'histoires is one of the titles in the six-volume series published by Beech Street Books. From the English volume, Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present and Future: Oral Traditions and Storytelling, authored by Anita Yasuda brings important details about unique oral traditions and traditional stories as well as general information about First Nations and Inuit narratives. In this 32-page book from Beech Street Books is designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7.
How Medicine Came to the People: A Tale of the Ancient Cherokees is the picture book story of the origins of Cherokee herbal medicine. As the people begin to outnumber the animals and then to hunt them for their hides and meat, the days of peaceful coexistence are over. The animals take their revenge on the people by making them sick, creating rheumatism, coughs, and colds, aches and pains, fevers and swellings and rashes and allergies. The people are saved by their only remaining allies: the plants and trees that they have cultivated, who show them how to use herbal medicine to survive.
The Origin of Day and Night is a 36-page children’s picture book published by Inhabit Media designed to appeal to primary level readers interested in learning about Inuit worldview explanation for daylight and night time. Based on traditional oral accounts but designed for young children, the account is set long ago before there was morning and night. In the darkness a hare and a fox each explained their needs for light and darkness when involved in hunting and gathering their food supplies. Each animal had opposite requirements and learned how to share the daylight and darkness.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear is a 32-page picture book from Inhabit Media written by Inuk storyteller Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by Eva Widermann. In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans.
The Shadows that Rush Past: A Collection of Frightening Inuit Folktales is an amazing collection of four scary traditional stories from the Inuit retold with precision and vibrancy by Rachel Qitsualik, Inuk educator and storyteller. Each story engages readers with a frightening account of a monster or creature from the Arctic. The read aloud stories capture the imagination of the listener in the conversational tone of each account. Using suspense and irony the author takes us back to a time when monsters and larger than life polar bears roamed the region.
Kaqtukowa’tekete’w The Thundermaker is retold and illustrated in this 2018 paper edition by Mi’kmaw artist. This 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children explains the importance of thunder. In this account begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
The Amautalik and the Orphan: An Inuit Traditional Story is a title in the Nunavummi Reading Series published by Inhabit Education. This is a unique Nunavut-made levelled reading series that aligns the reading expectations of the Inuit language, English, and French. The reading series corresponds closely to the reading levels and expectations developed by the Department of Education in Nunavut.
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.
The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.