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Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2001
  • Little "Sonny" Bruchac's childhood was full of secrets. He didn't know why he lived with his grandparents, who ran a gas station and general store, when his own parents' home was just up the road, or why his grandfather was so defensive about his dark skin. The precocious, sensitive boy knew only that his grandparents nurtured his love of books and wild things as surely as they sheltered him from dangers real and imagined. As Sonny grew up, through experiences both searing and hilarious, he would find himself drawn to all things Indian long before he knew of his grandfather's hidden Abenaki roots.

    Bowman's Store gracefully weaves themes from Joseph Bruchac's intimate knowledge of Native American cultures with the scenes from the past that have shaped his life. For those who enjoy memoirs, Native American writings, and books about finding one's cultural heritage -- or just a wonderful read -- here is a consummate storyteller unfolding his most personal and poignant story of all.

    Guided Reading: Y
    Lexile: N/A
    Interest Level: Grades 4 - 12
    Reading Level: Grades 4 - College

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way
Format: Paperback
, 2012
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie is a symbol of the free expression movement of the 1960s and her powerful songs inspired countless people seeking hope and change. Her life has been one of transitions; from songwriter to famous intellectually-oriented folk and protest singer, to country and western and rock and roll musician, to social activist, mother, script-writer, actress, digital artist, philanthropist, children's educator, and "medicine woman." Within all these roles, and throughout her incredibly diverse and engaging, though private, life, Buffy Sainte-Marie has cultivated her unique vision for achieving collective beauty and purpose in an often lonely world.

    In this ambitious biography of an international cultural icon, Blair Stonechild seeks to bring together the many facets of a remarkable life, and to develop a sense of the woman behind it all. In doing so, Stonechild also traces some of the tumultuous history of the Cree people, and offers a fascinating, and challenging, view into the impoverished Saskatchewan reserve where Sainte-Marie was born, and an exploration of the story and context of a Native culture, which Buffy continues to inspire today.

    Blair Stonechild is a member of the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan. He obtained his B.A. from McGill, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Regina, and in 1976 was the first academic hired by the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC). Blair is currently Professor of Indigenous Studies and has served as Dean of Academics and Executive Director of Development for the First Nations University of Canada (formerly Saskatchewan Indian Federated College). He co-authored with Dr. Bill Waiser, Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, which won the Saskatchewan Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1997. Dr. Stonechild’s book on First Nations post-secondary policy, The New Buffalo: Aboriginal Post-secondary Policy in Canada (2006), was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Award. Blair was a Trustee of the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1990 to 1998. He has done extensive consulting on Aboriginal education. Blair is married to Sylvia and is father to Michael, Rachel, and Gabrielle.

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Father August Brabant
Author: Jim McDowell
Format: Paperback
, 2012
  • Father August Brabant (1845–1912) was the first Roman Catholic missionary to live and work among aboriginal people on the west coast of Vancouver Island during the colonial period. He endured long periods of isolation, built a number of log churches and undertook extraordinarily difficult trips along the west coast in dugout canoes. His thirty-three-year-long effort to transform Nuu-chah-nulth culture gives us a provocative case study of the dynamics that shaped, and continue to define, the settler-colonial relationship between indigenous peoples and the state in Canada. Convinced he had a mission to save the indigenous people from being themselves, the zealous priest strove to instill alien spiritual beliefs. He served as a willing instrument for imposing colonial power by introducing new forms of justice, commerce, dress, housing, personal identity, and—most devastating of all—schooling. As the father of British Columbia's first residential school, Brabant precipitated the single institution that proved most destructive to the people he set out to rescue. Brabant's biography will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, political scientists, individuals engaged in First Nations Studies, and general readers.

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Joseph Brant and His World: 18th Century Mohawk Warrior and Statesman
Author: James Paxton
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Joseph Brant was a promising but undistinguished Mohawk warrior living in upper New York State. He became an innovative, influential leader and spokesperson for First Nations, whose support for Britain during the American Revolution led to their resettlement in Upper Canada along the Grand River. Their descendants live today on the large Six Nations Reserve alongside the Grand, south of Brantford in southwestern Ontario.

    This new, illustrated biography of Brant reflects recent research into the political, social and cultural background of his life. Author James Paxton rejects the interpretation of earlier biographers, who depicted Brant as a man who belonged neither to the "Indian" or the "white" world. Paxton shows that Brant was fully Mohawk, with Iroquoian values that stressed the interdependence of people. He stands as the product of a unique, multicultural 18th-century community in the Mohawk Valley, New York.

    Using skill and diplomacy and his dense network of relationships and alliances, Brant attempted to ensure the ongoing social, economic and political autonomy of the Six Nations in their new Canadian territory.

    The events of Brant's day impinge directly on our own. It would be hard to imagine the standoff at Caledonia had Brant not led the Six Nations to the Grand River area and then invited Loyalists to settle among them. Yet, in 1784, Mohawks and Loyalists envisioned a different sort of community, one bound by history, common interest and shared practices. At a time when First Nations' claims against the government promise to become more numerous and confrontational, this book encourages us to consider the inclusive and multicultural legacy of Joseph Brant.

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Louis Riel (Asfar, Chodan)
Format: Paperback
, 2003
  • Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Metis nation. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his people against the unfamiliar new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change.Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography.

    Suggested Grades: 9-12
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Louis Riel A Comic Strip Biography
Author: Chester Brown
Format: Paperback
, 2006
  • The bestselling graphic novel on Canada's infamous folk hero is back in a paperback edition with a new cover by Chester Brown. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is the book that launched the graphic novel medium in Canada. Brown received the Harvey Award for best writing and best graphic novel, and made several Best of the Year lists. Publishers Weekly hailed the book as a "contender for best graphic novel ever."

    Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create a historical biography on Louis Riel. He crafts a compelling and meticulous retelling of the charismatic 19th-century Metis leader, regarded by some as a martyr and by others as a treacherous murderer. Canadian history at its best, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is entertaining and accessible for all ages.

    "If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good." -Globe and Mail

    Ages 14 and up

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Louis Riel: Firebrand
Author: Sharon Stewart
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. A fiery activist, he struggled against injustice as he saw it. He was a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal rights and land claims but was branded an outlaw in his own time. In 1885, he was executed for treason. In 1992, the House of Commons declared Riel a founder of Manitoba. November 16 is now designated Louis Riel Day in Canada.

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Meet a Dentist: Dennis Hewitt
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. They highlight the hard work and determination and some interesting facts about the profession.

    Follow the road to becoming a dentist with Dennis Hewitt. He charts out his inspiration, challenges, college years and his first practical experience years, while helping people overcome their fear.

    Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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Meet a Journalist: Waubgeshig Rice
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. They highlight the hard work and determination and some interesting facts about the profession.

    Waub isn’t always on Canada’s national news station. He is normally a reporter for CBC’s local supper hour newscast in Winnipeg. Before he went to CBC, Waub wasn’t even a journalist. How did he get his start in journalism.

    Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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Meet a Music Industry Professional: Alan Greyeyes
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. They highlight the hard work and determination and some interesting facts about the profession.

    Alan is the aboriginal music program coordinator for a non-profit organization that represents its members in the music industry. He provides advice to Aboriginal recording artists on everything from setting up a business to understanding the world of copyright. A lot of his time is spent completing funding applications, managing service providers, working with artists and writing reports. Find out about his unique career and how it all began.

    Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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Meet a Musician: Derek Miller
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • Young people often struggle with alcohol, drugs, personal issues, education and self-identity.

    The Bear Creek Singers want to share their message of empowerment, pride, and identity, so they can leave a good trail for other youth to follow.

    This youthful magazine-style layout includes many photos and personal stories about this dynamic group of First Nation youth from the Sault Ste. Marie area.

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Meet a Police Officer: Mueller Sisters
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. They highlight the hard work and determination and some interesting facts about the profession.

    Three Albertan Métis sisters join the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read about their journey to becoming police officers.

    They provide a realistic look at how much hard work and determination was required to reach their goals.

    An inspirational story for young women.

    Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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Meet a Veterinarian: Candace Grier-Lowe
Author: Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. They highlight the hard work and determination and some interesting facts about the profession.

    The inspiration Candace found in her parents allowed her to pursue her goal of becoming a veterinarian. She was raised in a strong Cree family on the Norway House Cree Nation, with the belief that family was the most important aspect of life. It is this strong sense of family, which Candace credits in helping her to understand the amazing bonds between families and their pets.

    Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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Mi'sel Joe: An Aboriginal Chief's Journey
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Mi'sel Joe: An Aboriginal Chief's Journey chronicles both the life of an individual and that of his people. Mi'sel Joe is the traditional and administrative chief of Newfoundland's Conne River Mi'kmaq Reserve. Through a series of taped interviews with Raoul Andersen and John Crellin, Mi'sel Joe tells his life story, including his unorthodox education through the many migratory jobs that took him as far west as Alberta.

    Mi'sel Joe also speaks of a community fighting for the right to determine its own future. He tells of the struggle to revitalize traditional values in the face of racial prejudice. He reveals the steps being taken by aboriginal leaders, both in this province and elsewhere, to help their people gain respect in a white man's world without losing their own identity. Mi'sel Joe's story is his own, but it is also a window into Mi'kmaq history, culture, and traditions.

    Suggested Grades: 8-12
    ABPBC

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Pegahmagabow: Life-Long Warrior
Author: Adrian Hayes
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Francis Pegahmagabow was a remarkable aboriginal leader who served his nation in time of war and his people in time of peace, fighting all the way. In wartime he volunteered to be a warrior. In peacetime he had no option. His life reveals how uncaring Canada was about those to whom this land had always been home. A member of the Parry Island band (now Wasauksing First Nation) near Parry Sound, Ontario, Francis served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Belgium and France for almost the entire duration of the First World War, primarily as a scout and sniper. Through the horrific battles and inhuman conditions of trench warfare, his actions earned him three decorations for bravery, the most ever received by a Canadian aboriginal soldier. More recently, they inspired the central fictional character in Joseph Boyden's highly acclaimed novel Three Day Road. Physically and emotionally scarred by his wartime ordeals, Francis returned to Parry Island to try to rebuild his life. He had been treated as an equal in the army, but quickly discovered things hadn't changed back in Canada. As a status Indian his life was regulated by the infamous Indian Act and by local Indian agents who seemed bent on thwarting his every effort to improve his lot. So, Francis became a warrior once more, this time in the even longer battle to achieve the right of aboriginal Canadians to control their own destiny. In compiling this account of Francis Pegahmagabow's remarkable life, Adrian Hayes conducted extensive research in newspapers, archives, and military records, and spoke with members of Pegahmagabow's family and others who remembered the plight and the perseverance of this warrior. Originally published by Fox Meadow Creations, Pegahmagabow emerges again in this new Blue Butterfly Books edition, which incorporates additional material and updates some aspects of this unforgettable story, and the confusion that still surrounds it.

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