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The Pow Wow Trail
Author: Julia C. White
Format:Paperback
, 2007
  • To many Native Americans, Pow Wows are an important cultural event, a celebration of identity and heritage that gives life to traditions of the past. They are also an opportunity to evolve new culture and allow the non-Native spectator to participate in an authentic, indigenous gathering that traces its roots back over a thousand years.

    The information presented here comes from the author's many years on the "pow wow trail" and from conversations with Native friends, elders and pow wow officials. Each of the many dances are described in detail with background information and history of the dance provided. The beautiful and dynamic illustrations of the dancers, by Native American artist Diana Stanley, create a wonderful sense of being there.

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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 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 New Vision: Guiding Aboriginal Literacy
Format:Paperback
, 2010
  • A New Vision Guiding Aboriginal Literacy is the follow-up to Vision Guiding Native Literacy that was published over a dozen years ago. This book will explore themes and criteria for best practices that many have found contribute to success in literacy for Aboriginal learners across Canada. It highlights some unique definitions of Aboriginal literacy that have been developed by different groups and projects across Canada.

    By providing examples of successful literacy initiatives and factors that have contributed to their success, other literacy workers can use this information to start a new literacy program in their own community or try new tactics within an existing program.

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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 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.

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All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)
Format:Paperback
, 2011
  • Both a tribute to the unique experiences of individual Native Americans and a celebration of the values that draw American Indians together, All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) explores contemporary Native life.

    Based on personal experience and grounded in journalism, this story begins with the repatriation of ancestral remains to the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. The 1999 return to Pecos of the skeletal remains of two thousand bodies excavated during an archaeological expedition nearly a century earlier was the largest repatriation in American history. In a united, purposeful, and energizing quest, the Pecos and Jemez Indians brought their ancestors home. This event, along with subsequent repatriations, has accelerated similar momentum across much of Native America.

    In All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos), Catherine C. Robbins traces this restorative effect in areas such as economic development, urbanization, the arts, science, and health care. Through dozens of interviews, Robbins draws out the voices of Indian people, some well-known and many at the grassroots level, working quietly to advance their communities. These voices speak against the background of the narrative’s historical context. The result is a rich account of Native American life in contemporary America, revealing not a monolithic “Indian” experience of teepees or casinos, but rather a mosaic of diverse peoples existing on a continuum that marks both their distinctions and their shared realities.

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Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America
Author: Nancy J. Turner
Format:Hardcover
, 2014
  • Volume 1: The History and Practice of Indigenous Plant Knowledge
    Volume 2: The Place and Meaning of Plants in Indigenous Cultures and Worldviews

    Nancy Turner has studied Indigenous peoples' knowledge of plants and environments in northwestern North America for over forty years. In Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, she integrates her research into a two-volume ethnobotanical tour-de-force. Drawing on information shared by Indigenous botanical experts and collaborators, the ethnographic and historical record, and from linguistics, palaeobotany, archaeology, phytogeography, and other fields, Turner weaves together a complex understanding of the traditions of use and management of plant resources in this vast region. She follows Indigenous inhabitants over time and through space, showing how they actively participated in their environments, managed and cultivated valued plant resources, and maintained key habitats that supported their dynamic cultures for thousands of years, as well as how knowledge was passed on from generation to generation and from one community to another. To understand the values and perspectives that have guided Indigenous ethnobotanical knowledge and practices, Turner looks beyond the details of individual plant species and their uses to determine the overall patterns and processes of their development, application, and adaptation.

    Volume 1 presents a historical overview of ethnobotanical knowledge in the region before and after European contact. The ways in which Indigenous peoples used and interacted with plants - for nutrition, technologies, and medicine - are examined. Drawing connections between similarities across languages, Turner compares the names of over 250 plant species in more than fifty Indigenous languages and dialects to demonstrate the prominence of certain plants in various cultures and the sharing of goods and ideas between peoples. She also examines the effects that introduced species and colonialism had on the region's Indigenous peoples and their ecologies.

    Volume 2 provides a sweeping account of how Indigenous organizational systems developed to facilitate the harvesting, use, and cultivation of plants, to establish economic connections across linguistic and cultural borders, and to preserve and manage resources and habitats. Turner describes the worldviews and philosophies that emerged from the interactions between peoples and plants, and how these understandings are expressed through cultures’ stories and narratives. Finally, she explores the ways in which botanical and ecological knowledge can be and are being maintained as living, adaptive systems that promote healthy cultures, environments, and indigenous plant populations.

    Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge both challenges and contributes to existing knowledge of Indigenous peoples' land stewardship while preserving information that might otherwise have been lost. Providing new and captivating insights into the anthropogenic systems of northwestern North America, it will stand as an authoritative reference work and contribute to a fuller understanding of the interactions between cultures and ecological systems.

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Animal Spirit Guides
Author: Chris Luttichau
Format:Paperback
, 2013
  • All animals, from the wolf to the ant, the mongoose to the fox, carry a message of guidance and hope. Learn how to discover your animal guide, or 'power animal', and invite it into your life to help heal past issues and inspire you forward into the future. Using the traditional rituals of the shaman, such as drumming, visualization and dreaming, discover more than 50 power animals and the special gifts they offer. Chris Lüttichau, who has followed the shamanic path for more than twenty years, presents a unique insight into Animal Spirit Guides, or Power Animals, through first-hand encounters in the wild, in America, Mexico and Europe. As a healer and educator, he communicates his encounters in a way that is immediate and soulful. Part One, The Path, introduces ways to discover your power animal. In Working with Your Animal Guide, you understand animals as teachers and healers, and learn how to communicate and stay connected with their energy when you need to. Part Two, Animal Spirit Guides, profiles a range of animals, all of which are fully illustrated, along with personal anecdotes and insights. The final chapter, Animal Guides and Your Life's Purpose, looks at the Circle of Allies and how these animal spirits can accompany you through life. Beautifully illustrated by Melissa Launay, this insightful guide will introduce you to natural, shamanic ways of living, and inspire you to work with the amazing energies of your personal Animal Spirit Guide.

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Animal Tracks & Signs of the Northwest
Author: J. Duane Sept
Format:Paperback
, 2012
  • Welcome to the secret world of tracks, sign and the animals that made them. Signs of the who, what and where of wildlife are all around us, even when their makers are too shy to come closer. This new guide is the key to unlocking the natural world that shares our environment, by day and by night. All we have to do is take the time to observe and interpret the signs.

    The book features nearly 50 species with photos of tracks, scat and other signs, as well as drawings of tracks, track patterns, distribution maps and interesting details on the appearance, habitat and behavior of each species. Information on 20 additional species is also included, to help identify other species in the area and to distinguish one animal from another. There is even a ruler on the back cover. Tracking is detective work—fun, stimulating and very inspiring for anyone who is ready to “meet” the animals that share our landscape, by studying the fascinating clues they leave behind.

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Anishnaabe World: A Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations
Author: Roger Spielmann
Format:Paperback
, 2009
  • In every walk of Canadian life from business to education to the everyday, the reality is that increasingly you will be in contact with Anishnaabe World. Knowing something about Aboriginal people and their reality not only gives you an advantage over those who dont, its just plain polite in this country now called Canada.

    In the spirit of Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor and Tomson Highway, Roger Spielmanns Anishnaabe World is an irreverent, teasing, hilarious, yet cross-culturally astute Survival Guide for Canadians increasingly aware of our countrys chequered past relations between Natives and non-Natives. Chief Ovide Mercredi says I challenge the reader to really listen to what Roger Spielmanns saying.

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Arts & Crafts of the Native American Tribes
Format:Hardcover
, 2011
  • Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes is an authoritative illustrated reference that has been carefully created to be a companion to Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, not a competitive title. It examines in detail how Native American culture evolved and considers the regional similarities and differences of the arts and crafts created by tribes across the continent. Contemporary and modern photographs, fine line illustrations and step-by-step reconstructions (including a Plains Indian warrior dress with headdress, war bonnet, shirt and leggings) show the techniques of manufacture and display the skill and artistry of the crafters.

    The book opens with concise coverage of the main cultural areas of North America and a survey of styles by region and over time. A major section on the living structures -- huts, tipis, igloos, etc. -- is followed by an analysis of individual crafts. These include:

    - Baskets -- plaiting, twining, coiling
    - Bone, antler and horn -- implements, tools, pins, fishhooks
    - Decorative arts -- beadwork, porcupine quillwork
    - Featherwork -- bonnets and headdresses
    - Metalwork -- copper, silver, iron, gold
    - Pottery
    - Shellwork
    - Skinwork -- rawhide, leather, furs
    - Stonework -- arrowheads, pipes, art
    - Textiles -- spinning, weaving

    Woodwork -- totems, figures, masks, utensils, working with bark.
    Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes is destined to be a primary reference used by ethnographers, historians and collectors for years to come. It is essential for any library serving academic patrons.

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Atlas of Indian Nations
Author: Anton Treuer
Format:Hardcover
, 2014
  • Atlas of Indian Nations is a comprehensive resource for those interested in Native American history and culture. Told through maps, photos, art, and archival cartography, this is the story of American Indians that only National Geographic can tell.

    In the most comprehensive atlas of Native American history and culture available, the story of the North American Indian is told through maps, photos, art, and archival cartography. This illustrated atlas is perfect for fans of Empire of the Summer Moon, Blood and Thunder, and National Geographic atlases, as well as those fascinated with the Old West. Organized by region, this encyclopedic reference details Indian tribes in these areas: beliefs, sustenance, shelter, alliances and animosities, key historical events, and more. See the linguistic groupings and understand the constantly shifting, overlapping boundaries of the tribes. Follow the movement, growth, decline, and continuity of Indian nations and their lifestyles.

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Bad Medicine: A Judge's Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community
Author: John Reilly
Format:Paperback
, 2010
  • Early in his career, Judge John Reilly did everything by the book. His jurisdiction included a First Nations community plagued by suicide, addiction, poverty, violence and corruption. He steadily handed out prison sentences with little regard for long-term consequences and even less knowledge as to why crime was so rampant on the reserve in the first place.

    In an unprecedented move that pitted him against his superiors, the legal system he was part of, and one of Canada's best-known Indian chiefs, the Reverend Dr. Chief John Snow, Judge Reilly ordered an investigation into the tragic and corrupt conditions on the reserve. A flurry of media attention ensued. Some labelled him a racist; others thought he should be removed from his post, claiming he had lost his objectivity. But many on the Stoney Reserve hailed him a hero as he attempted to uncover the dark challenges and difficult history many First Nations communities face.

    At a time when government is proposing new tough on crime legislation, Judge Reilly provides an enlightening and timely perspective. He shows us why harsher punishments for offenders don't necessarily make our societies safer, why the white justice system is failing First Nations communities, why jail time is not the cure-all answer some think it to be, and how corruption continues to plague tribal leadership.

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