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Various Authors , 2012
  • Foreword by Richard Van Camp

    Coming Home features eighteen stories by NWT writers that express the diversity of the region, speaking from many points of view. The foreword is by the renowned storyteller and NWT author Richard Van Camp. Included are stories of teenage angst in small communities; connection with the land; the Giant Mine strike of 1992;
    relationships both failed and renewed in Yellowknife; getting lost in the bush; Europeans shipwrecked and saved by Inuit; Inuit taken on board by Europeans; learning from elders and other cultures; a wonky tourism outing; going to jail for breaking a dog bylaw and many more.

    With new work from Marcus M. Jackson, Richard Van Camp, Cathy Jewison, Colin Henderson, Rebecca Aylward, Cara Loverock, Shawn McCann, Patti True, Annelies Pool, Jordan Carpenter, Christine Raves, January Go, Jamesie Fournier, Amber-Lee Kolson, Karen McColl, Jessie MacKenzie, Brian Penney


Every Day is a Good Day, Memorial edition: Reflections By Contemporary Indigenous Women (Paperback)
Wilma Mankiller , 2011
  • In this unique collection, twenty indigenous female leaders-educators, healers, attorneys, artists, elders, and activists-come together to discuss issues facing modern Native communities. Over a period of several years, Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010), first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, engaged Native women in conversation about spirituality, traditions and culture, tribal governance, female role models, love, and community. Their common life experiences, patterns of thought, and shared values gave them the freedom to be frank and open and a place of community from which to explore powerful influences on Native life.


First Voices: An Aboriginal Women’s Reader (Paperback)
Patricia Monture
Patricia Mcguire , 2009
  • A collection of articles that examine many of the struggles that Aboriginal women have faced, and continue to face, in Canada. Sections include: Profiles of Aboriginal Women; Identity; Territory; Activism; Confronting Colonialism; the Canadian Legal System; and Indigenous Knowledges.

    Photographs and poetry are also included.

    There are few books on Aboriginal women in Canada; this anthology provides a valuable addition to the literature and fills a critical gap in the fields of Native Studies, Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies.


From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing (Hardcover)
Deena Rymhs , 2008
  • In From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing, Deena Rymhs identifies continuities between the residential school and the prison, offering ways of reading “the carceral”—that is, the different ways that incarceration is constituted and articulated in contemporary Aboriginal literature. Addressing the work of writers like Tomson Highway and Basil Johnston along with that of lesser-known authors writing in prison serials and underground publications, this book emphasizes the literary and political strategies these authors use to resist the containment of their institutions.

    The first part of the book considers a diverse sample of writing from prison serials, prisoners’ anthologies, and individual autobiographies, including Stolen Life by Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson, to show how these works serve as second hearings for their authors—an opportunity to respond to the law’s authority over their personal and public identities while making a plea to a wider audience. The second part looks at residential school narratives and shows how the authors construct identities for themselves in ways that defy the institution’s control. The interactions between these two bodies of writing—residential school accounts and prison narratives—invite recognition of the ways that guilt is colonially constructed and how these authors use their writing to distance themselves from that guilt.

    Offering new ways of reading Native writing, From the Iron House is a pioneering study of prison literature in Canada and situates its readings within international criticism of prison writing. Contributing to genre studies and theoretical understandings of life writing, and covering a variety of social topics, this work will be relevant to readers interested in indigenous studies, Canadian cultural studies, postcolonial studies, auto/biography studies, law, and public policy.


Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway (Paperback)
Drew Hayden Taylor , 2004
  • Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway
    Funny, You Don't Look Like One

    This grand finale to Taylor’s bestselling series of four books covers same-sex marriages, SARS, the best recipe for hangover soup and other anecdotes from his worldly travels.


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Grandmother's Stories How the Earth and Sky Began (Paperback)
Daniel Auger , 2012
  • Daniel Auger's grandmother was the greatest storyteller he ever knew. In her soft voice, she spoke of heroes and giants, of evil deeds and mysterious spirits. Born on a Canadian reserve and educated at an Indian residential school, she was intensely curious about the old ways. In her quest to find out who we are and where we came from, she collected stories from her home community and from her journeys to powwows, sweats, potlatches and family events across Canada and the Northwest US. This collection of 38 Native myths is a timeless window onto a world when the People were first created:

    * Mi'kmaq--The Sun created the Earth and the people on it, but when they began to kill one another, the Sun wept until the entire world drowned. Only one woman and an old man survived, who repopulated the Earth.

    * Blackfoot--Water once covered the world, and the Creator sent Muskrat to the bottom of the Ocean to see what was there. Muskrat returned with a ball of mud, which the Creator transformed in the Earth and all living things on it.

    * Huron-- In a world that existed before our own, people lived in great longhouses in the sky around a beautiful celestial tree. One day a man uprooted the tree, and when his wife looked into the hole she fell down below to the world we know today.

    * Algonquin--In the very beginning of time there were two brothers, Gluskap and Malsum. Gluskap created humans, and the plants and animals they needed to survive. Jealous of his brother, Malsum tried to kill Gluskap, but Gluskap used his own magic to be reborn. He then struck down his evil brother into the earth, and Malsum was reborn as a wolf.

    * Haida--The trickster Raven opened a giant clamshell he found washed upon the beach, and when he opened it, out popped tiny human beings.

    * Siksika--Old Man came from the south and made the world as he walked along. One day he made a man and a woman out of clay, and Old Man taught them how to survive in the world he created.

    224 pages, suitable for adult readers only


Plain Speaking: Essays on Aboriginal Peoples and the Prairie (Paperback)
Bruce Dawson
Patrick Douaud , 2002
  • For thousands of years the First Nations and Métis peoples have forged social, economic, historical and artistic relationships with the prairie ecosystem. These relationships, though much influenced by tradition, are not strictly bound by the past: rather, contemporary encounters and interpretations of these relationships between people and prairie are important aspects of living, contemporary cultures.

    This collection of essays reflects a desire to hear and share these contemporary stories, as well as new interpretations of past encounters. It represents an attempt to express Aboriginal ties to the land, be they rooted in the spirit, the intellect, the imagination, or simply the day-to-day lifestyle.



Sky Woman: Indigenous Women Who Have Shaped, Moved or Inspired Us (Paperback)
Sandra Laronde , 2005
  • When Sky Woman fell from the upper world through a hole in the sky, earth was born. Since then, as Indigenous women, we have been resourceful, resilient and remarkable in our will to keep falling and moving forward. We fall to better ground because of the shining example of the incandescent lives of those who have gone before us.

    This collection of poetry, short stories and visual art honours the legacy of Sky Woman. Nearly 40 writers and visual artists are represented in 22 Indigenous nations across Canada, United States, Mexico, Pacific Islands and Japan, featuring exemplary artists such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jeanette Armstrong, Daphne Odjig, and Lee Maracle, among others. This landmark anthology expresses the fierce respect and reverence for those whose names made history and for the millions whose names did not.” From the introduction by Sandra Laronde


Strength of Women: Âhkamêyimowak (Paperback)
Priscilla Settee , 2011
  • Âhkamêyimowak is a Cree word which embodies the strength that drives women to persevere, flourish, and work for change within their communities. Women are the unsung heroes of their communities, often using minimal resources to challenge oppressive structures and create powerful alternatives in the arts, education, and the workplace.

    The stories included here are by women with vision, who inspire and lead those who have lived in their midst. Stories are a means of transmitting vital information from within community as well as to outside communities.

    Relations are something fundamental to Indigenous communities the world over. Besides human relationships, there is a bigger set of relationships that keeps some people marginalized and others in positions of power. This book tells the stories of both sets of relationships. Some women tell powerful personal stories and others describe institutional relationships that keep Indigenous women in Canada – along with women generally, people of colour, indigenous peoples and youth around the world – in the margins. In both cases, the clarity of vision that comes from the margins is astounding and compelling.


The Golden West: Fifty Years of Bison Books (Paperback)
Alicia Christensen , 2011
  • In the fifty years since its inception in 1961, the Bison Books imprint at the University of Nebraska Press has published some of the best historical, literary, and original western literature. The Golden West celebrates that continuing mission, bringing together some of the most beloved and iconic stories of the American West. Here, readers will find the classic West: from the adventures of the Corps of Discovery to the trials of the Oregon Trail, from the diverse landscapes of the Great Plains to the rugged Rocky Mountains and the Willamette Valley, from traditional Sioux culture to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and from the cowboys, ranchers, farmers, and mountaineers who often make up our western mythology to their American Indian counterpoints in stories about tribal society, monumental battles, and interaction with white settlers. The Golden West holds something for every reader—fiction, poetry, memoir, folklore, firsthand accounts, and all the shades of gray in between.


Tracks and Traces of Prairie Places (Paperback)
George Lalor , 1998
  • This is a wonderful collection of short stories and legends from the land now known as Manitoba
    and Saskatchewan.


Women of the First Nations: Power, Wisdom, and Strength (Paperback)
Patricia Chuchryk
Christine Miller , 1996
  • "From diversity comes strength and wisdom”: this was the guiding principle for selecting the articles in this collection. Because there is no single voice, identity, history, or cultural experience that represents the women of the First Nations, a realistic picture will have many facets. Accordingly, the authors in Women of the First Nations include Native and non-Native scholars, feminists, and activists from across Canada.

    Their work examines various aspects of Aboriginal women’s lives from a variety of theoretical and personal perspectives. They discuss standard media representations, as well as historical and current realities. They bring new perspectives to discussions on Aboriginal art, literature, historical, and cultural contributions, and they offer diverse viewpoints on present economic, environmental, and political issues.

    This collection counters the marginalization and silencing of First Nations women’s voices and reflects the power, strength, and wisdom inherent in their lives.


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