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A trickster named Coyote rules her world, until a funny-looking stranger named Columbus changes her plans. Unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles, and beavers in Coyote' s land, he' d rather figure out how to hunt human beings to sell back in Spain. Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus' s voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to engineer the downfall of his human friends. William Kent Monkman's vibrant illustrations perfectly complement this amusing story with a message.
Coyote is having friends over for a little solstice party in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall -- a place they had never seen before. The trickster goes crazy with glee as he shops with abandon, only to dis-cover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them.
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:
* Hair conditioner
* Surgical knives
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.
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."
A River Lost is the familiar story of an ancient culture infringed upon and altered forever by modern technology. It is a story of how the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam led to the destruction of a way of life for the Arrow Lakes Tribe.
From the author of the beloved classic The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.
B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1-Life Science
Winner of the Governor General's award and the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon
Illustrator's award when it was first published in 1979. This simple story of a boy and a fish delivers a subtle environmental message that will resonate with readers. Simon, a native boy, has been trying all summer to catch a salmon. He's
about to give up when a bald eagle suddenly drops a big coho into a clam hole right before his eyes. But when Simon discovers that the salmon is alive, he no longer wants to keep it. It's too strong and beautiful. He'd rather set it free, which means he has to figure out how to get the heavy fish back to the ocean.
Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: The Sugar Bush is a graphic novel based on the characters in the comic strip that appears in Anishinabek News. Artist Chad Solomon, grandson of respected Ojibwe Elder and activist Art Solomon, created two Ojibwe brothers known as Rabbit and Bear Paws. With this inaugural 32-page comic, Rabbit and Pear Paws are key players in an 18th century North American setting. The artist places the two characters in Ontario where they come into contact with English soldiers on route to Niagara. Throughout their adventures readers are introduced to stories featuring Nanaboozhoo, the Trickster. Chad Solomon draws on the Ojibwe Seven Grandfathers Teachings for the core of the story. This edition draws on the teaching Mnaadendmowin or Respect. This is a unique resource that may interest reluctant readers in finding out about Ojibwe history and teachings.strip that appears in Anishinabek News which focuses on two Ojibwe brothers known as Rabbit and Bear Paws. Ages 12+
Based on the Grandfather Aakdehewin (Bravery)!!
Our two comical heroes are up to their games again in this NEW adventure. Rabbit and Bear Paws join the Voyageurs to take the Furs from Lake of the Woods to Montreal and experience all the trials and tribulations of the Voyageur life.
Book Two contains 64 comic strips, jam packed onto 32 pages of comical adventures that will tickle the heart. 8 1/2" x 11" of giant belly laughs!
What does LOVE mean to you? Is love the feelings you have for your parents, family, friends and all beings? Or is it something more? What Rabbit loves to do the most is play pranks with his brother Bear Paws on family and friends. Rabbit is the best at playing pranks on others â€“ until he meets his equal in a young girl called Strawberry. Is this a new kind of love?
In Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws VOL.3: True Hearts, news comes to the village by way of a messenger carrying a wampum belt from Chief Pontiac. A great race is to be held for the chance to marry Swan, a young woman known for her kindness, beauty and hunting skills. Swanâ€™s father, seeing his only daughter sad and uninterested in the men who had previously pursued her hand in marriage, decides to hold a race for any person to enter. The winner of the race will have the chance to marry Swan. The entire village decides to travel to watch the race, and some have decided to enter the race, like Swaying Tree, a man who knew Swan years ago and wishes to win her hand in marriage. In a race of this size, accidents are expected to happen, and the race is a four way tie between Swift Horn, White Owl, Rabbit and Bear Paws. The Elders conclude that four people winning the race must be the will of the Creator, and decide that four more contests are needed to find one finalist for Swan to marry. Will Rabbitâ€™s pride get the better of him, forcing him to marry a woman he knows nothing about? Or will Rabbit finally understand what LOVE is and help True Hearts join as one?
Rabbit really does it this time, sticking both feet in his mouth by telling a tall tale. As Rabbit tells one tall tale after another to keep out of trouble, Rabbit's stories quickly pile up and so do the troubles of the village. Will Rabbit's tall tales be the down-fall of the village, or will Rabbit realize, it takes a big person to walk the path of an honest person?
A winter’s day full of fun and excitement takes an unexpected turn when our young heroes, RABBIT and BEAR PAWS, cross paths with a mysterious and powerful healer known as the BEAR WALKER. What does this man want from our boys, and what secret is he hiding? Discover the bear walker’s surprising true identity in this hilarious and heart warming all-new adventure!
“It’s a dog’s life for me,” Rabbit thinks as he’s stuck doing chores while his dog Giibot enjoys the day. But things take a surprising turn when Rabbit sees his father, Grey Stone, secretly meeting with a GIGANTIC bear. Grey Stone has been summoned as the first human to ever appear before the secret Council of the Animals. Rabbit, his brother Bear Paws and Strawberry sneak into the Council to make sure Grey Stone stays safe. There, they discover that the animals are deciding the fate of humankind once and for all! How will the fates of our beloved characters be sealed: by the unconditional love of a single dog, or in the fangs of the wolf?
Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws Vol 6: Council of the Animals is based on the Grandfather Teaching of Truth (Debwewin). ISBN 978 -1-927508-29-9
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
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.