Changes: The Turtle's Teaching on CD is a unique Metis storytelling product. The text for the CD is taken from the Penny Condon book, Changes, a story about a young Metis girl who learns about changing emotions and the changing seasons. The wise teachings of Gathering Spirit (Mooshom) help Kona understand her feeling of happiness, sadness, anger, and surprise. The narration of the story begins in English with an explanation of the teaching contained in the story. The second part of the CD tells the same story in Michif.
Shi-shi-etko is the French language edition of Nicola Campbell's children's picture book about an Interior Salish child with just four more days at home until she goes to residential school. The young girl of this recent offering spends her final four days experiencing quality time with her mother, father and grandmother. Each adult allows the child to experience the environment around her. Mother takes her daughter to the creek where she sings a special song that belongs to the family. Shi-ski-etko wades in the water and takes in all the experiences the land and water offer.
Ojibway Animals is a 12-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. Ojibwe artist Jason Adair draws on teachings from his culture and is inspired by the Woodland x-ray art style in the creation of 11 animal and bird images. Eagles fly high above the trees and inspire vision and bring blessings. Turtles live on the land and on the water demonstrating their patience and wisdom. The artist notes that the animals' protective spirits and powers offer us important life lessons.
Nos Histoires Sont Vivantes is the French language edition of Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories.
Tant Que Couleront Les Rivieres is the French edition of As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School, a poignant story for children about the joyous summer spent in northern Alberta in 1944. The story focuses on the daily routine of a ten-year-old Cree boy named Lawrence. His days are filled with family activities and personal adventures. At the beginning of summer Lawrence overhears the adults talking about how the children would have to attend a school far away and that this school was something like prison.
La Pirogue de Shin-chi is the French edition of Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola Campbell. This sequel to Shi-shi-etko is a story about a young girl's first year at residential school. In this second picture book, Shi-shi-etko returns for another school year and brings along her six-year-old brother. Shin-chi loves to fish and accompany his father in the canoe. But a new experience awaits and his sister helps him prepare for what will happen at school.
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story is a graphic novel written by David Alexander Robertson, author of the 7 Generations series. With illustrator Scott B. Henderson the pair produced a compelling graphic novel that is based on a true story. Set in a contemporary high school, students are given the assignment to interview a residential school survivor. Daniel is not pleased with the assignment because he does not know any people to interview. His friend April agrees to help by introducing him to her Kokum.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.
La Plus Belle Création de Corbeau is the French and Ojibwe edition of Raven's Greatest Creation: Gaagaagi Ogichi-gikendaasowin, from Métis author and storyteller David Bouchard. Bouchard has dreamed this version of creation story of Skyworld, Raven, and the ultimate creation of two-leggeds or humans. Cherokee artist Brigitte Lopez has created a colourful and majestic series of paintings for this book. The animals such as Swan, Bear, Buffalo, Cougar, and Raven take on other-worldly appearances.
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. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder.