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Literature to Support First Nations, Metis and Inuit(FNMI) Student Success was developed by the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium.
Date Published: June 2010
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(FNMI) Student Success - Grade 3


A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

    Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

    Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

    Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

    Other clever inventions and innovations include:

    * Diapers
    * Asphalt
    * Megaphones
    * Hair conditioner
    * Surgical knives
    * Sunscreen.

    With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.

$9.95

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A Promise Is A Promise
Format: Paperback
, 1992
  • Contrary to her mothers advice, Allashua decides to challenge the Qallupilluit, an imaginary Inuit character who lives under the sea ice near her home. After a surprising turn of events, the entire family is now free to fish on the ice because legend tells that children with their parents may never be captured, and a "promise is a promise."

$7.95

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Alego
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
, 2009
  • Alego is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life -- a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin.

    Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

    Alego includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a map of Baffin Island. Ages 4-7

$17.95

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And Now You Know: 50 Native American Legends
Author: John Friesen
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Before the printing press dominated the world of formal communication, families, communities, and cultures all over the world relied solely on the oral tradition to pass along revered knowledge. Much valued cultural content, particularly spiritual or historical beliefs and practices, was transmitted through legends or stories shared between generations. This responsibility rested with formally acknowledged storytellers, as well as elders.This practice was very much the case with Aboriginal tribes in North America.

    This collection of North American Aboriginal cultural stories represents only a small component of the vast store of oral literatures, and underscores the magnitude of its scope across various Native American and Canadian Indian tribes.

    Legends contained in this volume have been drawn from a diverse store of written sources, documented in the bibliography. Through the years that we have been associated with the University of Calgary, we have visited most of the traditional tribal communities represented in this book. We have taught university courses in several First Nations communities including Blackfoot, Chipewyan, Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Stoney (Nakoda Sioux), and Tsuu T'ina (Sarcee).

    From time immemorial, Native Americans of all backgrounds have been oriented to the arts, which comprised an important cultural component. Each particular art form reflected the cultural makeup and physical resources of the region in which a tribe lived. Plains Indians, for example, relied heavily on rock art, consisting of paintings and carvings done on rocks. This art form is recognizable today in the form of pictographs and petroglyphs. A full explanation of the nature and function of this art form is offered in Appendix C.

    The essence of each traditional Indigenous story contained in this volume has been preserved, although individual legends have in most cases been abbreviated from their original sources, and written in language that may readily be understood by and shared with children. It is also our hope that through this means would be students of Indigenous ways may learn a great deal about Aboriginal culture and philosophy and, hopefully, enhance their respect for AmerIndian ways

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Annie and the Old One
Author: Miska Miles
Format: Paperback
, 1985
  • Annie is a young Navajo girl who refuses to believe that her grandmother, the Old One, will die. Sadly, Annie learns that she cannot change the course of life.

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Arctic Stories
Author: Michael Kusugak
Format: Paperback
, 1998
  • Acclaimed Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak weaves a tapestry of tales about ten-year-old Agatha and her accidental heroism in the high Arctic of 1958. The first of Agatha''s stories is based on one of Kusugak''s real life experiences, when an eerie, black airship flew over Chesterfield Inlet in 1958. A sleepy Agatha "saves" the community from the monstrous flying object.

    In the second story, Agatha notices the playful antics of the winter ravens and takes an interest in the many migrating birds. As the seasons change, she begins to favor more beautiful and peaceful birds of spring, until the ravens return.

    The third of Agatha''s stories takes place in the fall when Agatha is sent to school in Chesterfield Inlet, an English-speaking community south of her home. During an afternoon of skating, Agatha rescues a show-off priest, who has inadvertently demonstrated the danger of thin ice.

    The three Agatha stories resonate with the nostalgia and affection of Kusugak''s childhood memories.

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Baseball Bats for Christmas
Author: Michael Kusugak
Format: Paperback
, 1993
  • Never having seen trees, the children in Repulse Bay decide that the funny things sent to them one year must actually be baseball bats. An autobiographical tale from Michael Kusugak's childhood tells a story of life in the arctic, and how easily different cultures can interpret things differently.

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Dancing With The Cranes
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Chi finds herself feeling comforted after the loss of her grandmother, knowing her Temma will always be a part of her and looking forward to the new child who will be a part of their lives.

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Everybody Needs A Rock
Author: Byrd Baylor
, 1985
  • Everybody needs a rock -- at least thats the way this particular author feels about it in presenting her own highly individualistic rules for finding just the right rock for you.

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Granny's Giant Bannock
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • A little miscommunication between English-speaking Larf and his Cree-speaking grandmother leads to hilarious results when a giant, sprawling bannock threatens to take over the town. Beyond its antic humour, this is a tender story about the need to listen and understand.

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Hide and Sneak
Author: Michael Kusugak
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
, 1992
  • One lovely afternoon Allashua is lured into mischief by a charming but sneaky little creature.

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Houses of Snow, Skin, and Bones
Author: Bonnie Shemie
Format: Paperback
, 1993
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3- Physical Science

    A look at the fascinating shelters that Native communities in the Far North built, using only materials their environment provided: snow, stone, sod, skin, bones, and any driftwood picked up along the shores.

$8.99

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How Coyote Stole Summer: A Native American Tale
Author: Stephen Krensky
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Brrr! Coyote is always cold! That's because it's winter all year long. But Old Woman has something amazing called summer. It's tied up in a little bag in her tipi. Coyote and his friends Wolf, Moose, Elk, Stag, and Antelope make a plan to steal summer. But when Coyote grabs the bag, Old Woman's children chase after him. Will his plan work? Will everyone have a chance to share summer's warmth? Find out what happens in this fast-paced tale!

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How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs
Traditional Territory: Dogrib, Tlicho
Format: Hardcover
, 2009
  • Fox is howling, crying, for he lost his leg to Bear, all the people wanted to help Fox, but didn't know what to do. Raven is called upon to help retrieve his leg. Will Raven succeed in the quest for Fox's leg?

    This book includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. Also included is a Dogrib Elder telling his version of this ancient legend in Dogrib. An orthography chart is included.

    In Dogrib and English.

$22.95

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Jason And The Sea Otter
Format: Hardcover
, 1997
  • In this contemporary tale, Jason discovers the return of the sea otter to his West Coast village. In an entertaining way, Jason and the Sea Otter teaches children the importance of learning about and being in nature, and the respect that nature's wild creatures deserve.

$12.95

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