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500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
Author: Gord Hill
Format:Paperback
, 2010
  • The history of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is often portrayed as a mutually beneficial process, in which ”civilization” was brought to the Natives, who in return shared their land and cultures. A more critical history might present it as a genocide in which Indigenous peoples were helpless victims, overwhelmed by European military power. In reality, neither of these views is correct. This book is more than a history of European colonization of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This history encompasses North and South America, the development of nation-states and the resurgence of Indigenous resistance in the post-WW2 era.

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A Feast for All Seasons: Traditional Native Peoples' Cuisine
Format:Paperback
, 2010
  • Traditional North American Native peoples' cuisine has existed for centuries, but its central tenet of respecting nature and its bounty have never been as timely as they are now. Andrew George, of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in Canada, is a well-respected aboriginal chef and instructor who has spent the last twenty-five years promoting the traditions of First Nations food. In A Feast for All Seasons, written with Robert Gairns, he has compiled aboriginal recipes that feature ingredients from the land, sea, and sky, elements of an enduring cuisine that illustrate respect for the environment and its creatures, and acknowledgment of the spiritual power that food can have in our lives. The 120 recipes include delectable, make-at home dishes such as Salmon and Fiddlehead Stirfry, Stuffed Wild Duck, Barbecued Oysters, Pan-fried Rabbit with Wild Cranberry Glaze, Clam Fritters, and Wild Blueberry Cookies. The book also features recipes with exotic ingredients that provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of Native cuisine: Moose Chili, Boiled Porcupine, Smoked Beaver Meat, and Braised Bear. This unique cookbook pays homage to an enduring food culture?grounded in tradition and the power of nature?that transcends the test of time.

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A Field Guide to Common Fishes to the Pacific Northwest
Author: Phil Edgell
Format: Pamphlet
, 2015
  • The waters of the Pacific Northwest are home to some of the most unique and diverse marine creatures in the world, including rockfishes, greenlings and, of course, salmon. This full-colour brochure is packed with information on seventy-eight "must-have" common fishes of the Pacific Northwest. A Field Guide to Common Fish of the Pacific Northwest provides a succinct rundown on a huge variety of our fishy neighbours, and is an ideal guide for fishermen, divers and anyone interested in the marine life that fills our surrounding waters.

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A Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Greens and Flowers
Format: Pamphlet
, 2015
  • A Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Greens and Flowers pinpoints easy-to-find greens and flowers that many don't realize are edible--such as dandelion, clover, chicory, sheep's sorrel and lamb's quarters--and also introduces readers to the delicious leaves of such native plants as goldenrod and fireweed. And readers can also eat their way to conservation by enjoying edible invasive plants in salads, like garlic mustard and fennel. A lightweight pamphlet that will easily fit into a purse or back pocket, this laminated guide will turn every walk from the bus stop, backyard ramble or stroll around the neighbourhood into a fun foraging expedition.

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A Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest
Format: Pamphlet
, 2015
  • Rich in nutrients, used in products from cosmetics to explosives to fertilizers, and vital to our coastal marine ecosystems, seaweeds can be found on any rocky shore or beach in the Pacific Northwest. The pocket-sized Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacifc Northwest is packed with full-colour photos and information on a select variety of the most important and interesting seaweeds commonly encountered on the West Coast. Whether you want to identify seaweeds, better understand their role in the ocean, forage for food, collect for art or you're just plain curious as you poke around the seashore, this educational guide is your ultimate source for casual phycological fun.

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A Moon Made of Copper
Author: Chris Bose
Format:Paperback
, 2014
  • A moon made of Copper is a collection of non-fi ction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being.

    The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture Bose’s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures. This is Bose’s second book since Stone the Crow.

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A Tahltan Cookbook Vol. 1: George and Grace Edzerza Family
Author: Louise Framst
Format:Hardcover
, 1998
  • The Tahltan people of northern BC share family favourites with adapted, modernized and traditional First Nations recipes. Included are traditional game recipes and information on preparing moose, deer and bear.

    See Tahltan Cookbook Volumes 2 & 3 also listed.

$17.95

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A Tahltan Cookbook Vol. 2: More Than 88 Ways to Prepare Salmon
Author: Louise Framst
Format:Hardcover
, 2001
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource Gr.4- Life Science

    The Tahltan band of northern BC are experts at preparing meals that feature salmon. This volume contains over 88 salmon recipes while sharing Aboriginal culture in relation to the history of salmon and its importance to First Nations people.

    See also Talhltan Cookbooks Volume 1 and 3.

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A Tahltan Cookbook Vol. 3: Campfire Cooking
Author: Louise Framst
Format:Hardcover
, 1997
  • Tahltans and other First Nations people are proof of the statement, "You can cook anywhere." Here, BC's Tahltan band shares their collective knowledge about preparing meals over the campfire and their secrets for surviving in the wilderness. Includes information about common plants used as food and/or medicine. See also

    Tahltan Cookbooks Volume 1 and 2.

$17.95

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A Taste of Heritage
Format:Paperback
, 2006
  • Drawing on the knowledge and wisdom of countless generations of Crow Indian women, the well-known speaker and teacher Alma Hogan Snell presents an indispensable guide to the traditional lore, culinary uses, and healing properties of native foods.

    A Taste of Heritage imparts the lore of ages along with the traditional Crow philosophy of healing and detailed practical advice for finding and harvesting plants: from the key to creating irresistible dishes of cattails and dandelions, salsify and Juneberries, antelope meat and buffalo hooves, to the secret of using plants to enhance beauty and incite love. Snell describes the age-old practice of turning wildflowers and garden plants into balms and remedies for such ailments and injuries as snakebite, headache, leg cramps, swollen joints, asthma, and sores. She brings to bear not only her lifetime of experience but also the invaluable lessons of her grandmother, the legendary medicine woman Pretty Shield.

    With life-enhancing recipes for everything from soups, teas, and breads to poultices, aphrodisiacs, and fertility aids, A Taste of Heritage is above all a fascinating cultural document certain to enrich the reader’s relationship with the natural world.

    A partial list of recipes:

    Wild Bitterroot Sauce
    Wild Carrot Pudding
    Cattail Biscuits
    Dandelion Soup
    Salsify Oyster Stew
    Balapia (Berry Pudding)
    Juneberry Pie
    Chokecherry Cake
    Wild Mint Tea
    Bitterberry Lemonade
    Wheel Bread
    Boiled Hooves
    Bill’s Mother’s Antelope Roast
    Stuffed Trout
    Elk Roast
    Stuffed Eggs
    Old-Time Moose Roast
    Wild Turnip Porridge
    Wild Turnip Bread
    Fresh Wild Salad
    Buffalo Cattail Stew
    Ground Tomato Salad
    Gooseberry Pudding
    Bearberry Butter
    Spicy Dried Plum Cake
    Buffaloberry Jelly

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A Warrior I Have Been: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition
Author: Richard Green
Format:Paperback
, 2003
  • This catalog of museum exhibitions traces the evolution of Plains Indian art and culture from early times to the present and includes material from a wide range of tribal groups. A wonderful reference source for anyone interested in learning about the Plains Indian lifestyle.

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Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Essays on Law, Equality, and Respect for Difference
Author: Michael Asch
Format:Paperback
, 1998
  • In the last two decades there has been positive change in how the Canadian legal system defines Aboriginal and treaty rights. Yet even after the recognition of those rights in the Constitution Act of 1982, the legacy of British values and institutions as well as colonial doctrine still shape how the legal system identifies and interprets Aboriginal and treaty rights. What results is a systematic bias in the legal system that places Indigenous peoples at a distinct disadvantage.

    The eight essays in Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada focus on redressing this bias. All of them apply contemporary knowledge of historical events as well as current legal and cultural theory in an attempt to level the playing field. The book highlights rich historical information that previous scholars may have overlooked. Of particular note are data relevant to better understanding the political and legal relations established by treaty and the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Other essays include discussion of such legal matters as the definition of Aboriginal rights and the privileging of written over oral testimony in litigation. The collection also includes an essay that, by means of ethnographic and historical data, raises concerns respecting how the law might be distorted even further if we are not careful in assuring that what is defined as Indigenous today is detached from its own traditions and divorced from contemporary issues.

    In sum, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada shows that changes in the way in which these rights are conceptualized and interpreted are urgently needed. This book then offers concrete proposals regarding substantive, processual, and conceptual matters that together provide the means to put change into practice.

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Aboriginal Designs
Author: Penny Brown
Format:Paperback
, 2007
  • Beautiful and easy to reproduce, the designs in this collection are a rich source of inspiration for all craftspeople and artists. Despite the growing interest in aboriginal designs, no attempt has been made to make them accessible to the arts-and-crafts market. With this collection of decorative patterns, borders, and motifs, those needing ideas for a project will be able to duplicate or simply be inspired by the stunning designs in this book.

$12.95

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Aboriginal Measures for Economic Development
Format:Paperback
, 2013
  • This volume explores Indigenous measures of economic development in First Nations Atlantic Canadian communities that are of relevance for First Nations peoples. Many of the challenges faced by these communities and their local, regional and national leaders in advancing economic development relate to experiences of diverse and complex issues — most of which clash with federal policies that increasingly call for centralization, standardization and uniformity. This volume illustrates the key challenges in establishing and maintaining socially responsible economic development that is beneficial for Aboriginal communities.

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Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations
Format:Paperback
, 1994
  • Winner of the 1995 Ontario Historical Society Joseph Brant Award for the best book on native studies

    Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations contains seventeen essays on aspects of the history of the First Nations living within the present-day boundaries of Ontario. This volume reviews the experience of both the Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples in Southern Ontario, as well as the Algonquians in Northern Ontario. The first section describes the climate and landforms of Ontario thousands of years ago. It includes a comprehensive account of the archaeologists' contributions to our knowledge of the material culture of the First Nations before the arrival of the Europeans. The essays in the second and third sections look respectively at the Native peoples of Southern Ontario and Northern Ontario, from 1550 to 1945. The final section looks at more recent developments. The volume includes numerous illustrations and maps, as well as an extensive bibliography.

$32.99

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