When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry is edited by Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019; with Leanne Howe, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Jennifer Elise Foerster, a member of the Muscogee Nation; and contributing editors. This anthology gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations.
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.
Leah Marie Dorion’s My First Métis Lobstick takes young readers back to Canada’s fur trade era by focusing on a Métis family’s preparations for a lobstick celebration and feast in the boreal forest. Through the eyes of a young boy, we see how important lobstick making and ceremony was to the Métis community. From the Great Lakes to the present-day Northwest Territories, lobstick poles—important cultural and geographical markers, which merged Cree, Ojibway, and French-Canadian traditions—dotted the landscape of our great northern boreal forest.
In Métis Camp Circle: A Bison Way of Life, author and artist Leah Marie Dorion, an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, transports young readers back in time when bison were the basis of Métis lifeways on the Plains. This book is translated into Michif by Norman Fleury, Michif Elder and gifted Michif storyteller. During much of the nineteenth century, bison hunting was integral to the Métis’ social, economic, and political life. As “People of the Buffalo,” the Métis were bison hunters par excellence.
I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? / Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu; Tanite nene etutamin nitassi? are two books by Quebec author An Antane Kapesh, Innu. Je suis une maudite sauvagesse (1976) and Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays? (1979), are among the foregrounding works by Indigenous women in Canada. This English translation of these works, each page presented facing the revised Innu text, makes them available for the first time to a broader readership.
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.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, is edited by Devon Abbott Mihesuah, a Choctaw author and scholar; and Elizabeth Hoover, of Mohawk and Mi’kmaq ancestry. There is a foreword by Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the White Earth Nation, who is an environmentalist, economist, author, and prominent Native American activist working to restore and preserve indigenous cultures and lands.
Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush: A Mohawk Story was written by Tehanetorens, Ray Fadden, a teacher and influential figure among the Mohawks of Akwesasne. The Mohawk Nation adopted him into the Mohawk Wolf Clan and gave him the name Tehanetorens, which has been translated as "He Walks through the Pines". Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush: A Mohawk Story was illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden the grandson of the author. He is an Akwesasne Mohawk artist born in Lake Placid, New York and grew up in Onchiota, New York.
Spirit Run: A 6.000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land by Noé Álvarez is his story of growing up in Yakima, Washington, at an apple-packing plant alongside his mother, who “slouched over a conveyor belt of fruit, shoulder to shoulder with mothers conditioned to believe this was all they could do with their lives.” A university scholarship offered escape, but as a first-generation Latino college-goer, Álvarez struggled to fit in.
Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada edited by Sheila Cote-Meek, an Anishnaabe-Kwe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, and Taima Moeke-Pickering, Maori of the Ngati Pukeko and Tuhoe Tribes from Aotearoa - New Zealand, is an expansive collection exploring the complexities of decolonization and indigenization of post-secondary institutions.