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W'daub Awae: Speaking True
Author: Warren Cariou
Format: Paperback
  • W'daub Awae: Speaking True: A Kegedonce Anthology brings together some of Canada's strongest and best loved voices on the aboriginal writing scene.

    W'daub Awae: Speaking True a Kegedonce Press anthology Edited by Warren Cariou W'daub Awae: speaking true: a kegedonce anthology brings together some of Canada's strongest and best loved voices on the aboriginal writing scene. It includes new writing by: Gregory Scofield, Richard Van Camp, Marilyn Dumont, Al Hunter, Joanne Arnott, Daniel Heath Justice and all your other favourite Kegedonce Press authors. Introduced and edited by the well-respected Warren Cariou, this anthology will become a classic in no time.

    This anthology is a celebration of those extraordinary successes that Kegedonce has had since 1993, and of the pivotal role it has played in the recent history of Canada�s Aboriginal literature. But for me, W�daub Awae is equally a pointer toward the future, a sign of the incredible diversity and vividness and powerful language that we can look forward to from Kegedonce in the years to come. Each piece represented here is only one small part of the extraordinary work that all of these writers will continue to produce in the future. (excerpt from Warren Cariou�s intro to the collection)

    Warren Cariou has written fiction and nonfiction about his home community in northwestern Saskatchewan, including Lake of the Prairies, which won the Drainie-Taylor Prize and was nominated for several other prizes. He teaches Aboriginal literature at the University of Manitoba where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

$28.00

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Wabi: A Hero's Tale
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
  • Wabi was born a great horned owl who grew to become such a strong, confident creature that he was afraid of nothing. But now he is afraid. He fears that he might never win the heart of the girl he loves. Somehow, despite his own intentions, he has fallen in love with a girl--a beautiful, headstrong human girl. And so he begins the adventure of his life. He shape-shifts into human form in order to be with her. But before he can win her love, he must face an even greater challenge in a land he comes to think of as the Valley of Monsters. Ages 11-14

$9.99

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Walking in the Woods: A Metis Journey
Author: Herb Belcourt
Format: Paperback
  • Reflecting on his evolving identity as a human being, a Canadian and a Métis westerner, Herb Belcourt tells the remarkable story of one familys enduring connection to the dramatic history of western Canada. Belcourt traces his ancestry directly to an early French-Canadian voyageur and his Cree-Métis wife who lived in Ruperts Land after 1800. The eldest of ten children, Belcourt grew up in a small log home near Lac Ste. Anne during the Depression. His father purchased furs from local First Nations and Métis trappers and, with arduous work, began a family fur trading business that survives to this day. When Belcourt left home at 15 to become a labourer in coal mines and sawmills, his father told him to save his money so he could work for himself. Over the next three decades, Belcourt began a number of small Alberta businesses that prospered and eventually enabled him to make significant contributions to the Métis community in Alberta.

    Suggested Grades: 9-12
    ABPBC

$24.95

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Walking Two Worlds
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Traditional Territory: Seneca
Format: Paperback
  • This work of historical fiction is based on the true, inspiring story of the early education of Seneca leader Ely Parker. Hasanoanda was his Indian name, but in mission school he became “Ely.”

    Despite the racism and deceit he faced, he never gave up his mission to receive an education that would enable him to aid the Seneca people in their quest to keep their land. As a young person, he learned how to live in the world of the white man, but never forgot his Seneca roots.

    Also included is an afterword that highlights the careers and achievements of Ely Parker’s adult life.

$11.95

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Walking with Aalasi: An Introduction to Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants
Format: Paperback
  • "How can we know who we are", Aalasi Joamie asks, "if we don't know about where we live?" Having learned from her mother, Aalasi observed and harvested plants as a little girl in Pangnirtung in the 1940s and later as a mother in Niaqunngut (Apex) from the 1960s to today. In this introductory guide to traditional plant use, Aalasi shares her life learning and memories of eighteen plants commonly found around Pangnirtung, Niaqunnguuq, and across Nunavut.

$24.95

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wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork
Author: Amy Briley
Format: Paperback
  • wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork is a step-by-step guide book and DVD video which provides information and instruction on Métis floral beadwork. The guide is intended for beginning beaders and includes an historical overview by Sherry Farrell Racette, followed by instructions on basic beading, supply lists and options, techniques and hints, and examples of traditional and contemporary beadwork. Patterns are included in the book.

$24.95

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War Brothers: The Graphic Novel
Format: Paperback
  • Praise for War Brothers, the novel by Sharon E. McKay:

    War Brothers is a novel that very accurately portrays the criminality of adults who abduct kids to carry out crimes against humanity... This engrossing book is a vivid look at the hideous crimes committed by such groups and should be read by anyone wanting to know about Kony's LRA.
    -- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired), international child soldier advocate

    The life of a child soldier is full of unthinkable violence ... But the human capacity to connect with others and for survival is remarkable.

    Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boys' school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid -- they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are brought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive.

    In time, the boys escape. Hunted by the rebels, stalked by a lion, and even pursued by river crocs, they miraculously succeed in reaching safety. However, it is no longer enough. Jacob wrestles with the question of whether we are all really beasts inside. He decides the way through the pain is to record his story.

    Daniel Lafrance's powerful, striking, and poignant artwork and the crisp, evocative text vividly capture the haunting experiences of a young boy caught in a brutal war.

    This graphic novel is based on an award-winning YA novel by Sharon McKay. Sharon has spent time with child soldiers and based this story on real-life accounts.

$18.95

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War Dances
Author: Sherman Alexie
Traditional Territory: Spokane
Format: Paperback
  • Fresh off his National Book Award win, Sherman Alexie delivers a heartbreaking and hilarious collection of stories that explore the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large.
    With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In a bicoastal journey through the consequences of both simple and monumental life choices, Alexie introduces us to these personal worlds as they transform beyond return. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects a vintage-clothing store owner’s failing marriage and his subsequent courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; what happens when a politician’s son commits an unforgivable hate crime; and how a young boy learns his self-worth while writing for the obituary department of his local newspaper.
    Brazen, and wise, War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging and provocative new work that is Alexie at the height of his powers.

$23.50

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War Games
Format: Paperback
  • Ryan Taber's father is about to deploy for his first tour of duty with the Canadian army in Afghanistan. Ryan lives his days on an army base in Alberta, and spends his evenings at the CyberKnights cafe, playing his favourite video game,Desert Death. At CyberKnights, Ryan meets the Desert Death ultimate champion and becomes entangled in a world of danger and deceit that begins to resemble the very real circumstances his father is facing overseas.

    [Fry Reading Level - 5.5]

$9.95

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War of 1812: Highlighting Native Nations
Author: Zig Misiak
Format: Paperback
  • Review by: Major John R. Grodzinski, CD, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Department of History, The Royal Military College of Canada

    Zig Misiak’s intent was to create an easy-to-read general overview for the “casual consumer of history” (p. 13). Misiak photographed 29 historic locations between Detroit to the Niagara Frontier, and then added commentaries, maps and drawings for each site, to create a beautifully illustrated work, that is useful in a number of ways.

    Teachers and students will find it an excellent source for use in the classroom, while general readers will enjoy exploring these locales from the comfort of their homes; however, everyone will recognize this book as a wonderful guide for visiting these historic sites - travels that are assisted by the “Route 1812 Map,” and the GPS coordinates that are provided for each historic location.

    War of 1812: Highlighting Native Nations, is a well-presented and useful publication that offers an excellent introduction to the history of the First Nations in the War of 1812.

$29.95

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War of 1812: Western Hooves of Thunder
Author: Zig Misiak
Format: Paperback
  • In 1800, on the Grand River Six Nations Territory, a young Mohawk boy and his non Native friend were born on the same day. The two children were of different backgrounds and enjoyed the best of both their cultures.

    When the War of 1812 erupted the children’s fathers, and many of their friends and neighbours, took up arms to defend their homes.

    Unexpectedly, in 1814, over 700 mounted American soldiers descended from the west and plundered their way to the banks of the Grand River. During this attack our young hero, Ayewate, takes on the role of a warrior out to save his friend, Catherine, who went missing during the battle.

    McArthur's raid against the Six Nations along the Grand River Territory was the deepest American military penetration and the last military action north of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812.

    Western Hooves of Thunder is wonderfully illustrated. Suitable for all ages and is supported by additional photos and questions and answers for school use. The two characters are fictitious but the historic content and Native references are authentic and validated.

    Includes an Audio Book CD.

$19.99

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War Of The Eagles
Author: Eric Walters
Format: Paperback
  • The journey into adulthood for a young Tsimshian boy.
    During WWII, Jed's English father serves as a fighter pilot overseas, while Jed and his mother move back to her Tsimshian community on Canada's west coast. When the military sets up a naval base in town, Jed is hired to help out, honored it seems, for both his father's bravery and his own native skills as a hunter. Presented with a military jacket, Jed finds an allegiance to his country and a pride in his mixed heritage that he's never felt before.

    But one day Jed's world is shattered. His best friend Tadashi, along with the other members of the nearby Japanese village, are declared enemy aliens and told to prepare to leave their homes. Now Jed must ask himself where his allegiance really belongs to his country's rigid code, or to the truth that is buried in his Tsimshian soul

$12.95

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Warriors of the Plains: Native American Regalia & Crafts
Format: Paperback
  • Filled with images both vintage and modern, this book illustrates the magnificent regalia worn by the warriors of the Great Plains. Many of today's powwow dancers incorporate vintage components in their outfits, and the numerous craftwork techniques presented here are sure to provide inspiration for creating contemporary dance and ceremonial regalia. Never before available in this format, the wealth of information in this book (covering beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of regalia) will guide readers in creating authentic reproductions of the clothing worn by tribes of the Northern, Central, and Southern Plains.

$23.95

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Warriors of the Plains: The Arts of Plains Indian Warfare
Author: Max Carocci
Format: Paperback
  • In this richly illustrated study of a complex society, Max Carocci delves into the history of the North American Plains Indian warrior cultures, examining their ongoing legacy, continuity, and the change between historic war practices and contemporary Native American military associations. Warriors of the Plains skilfully interweaves a survey of North American Plains Indian history with a generously detailed examination of Plains Indian warrior art - weapons, amulets, clothing, and ceremonial objects - with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings. Replete with both modern and archival photographs from the British Museum, this book offers a novel approach to a fascinating subject, while integrating history, anthropology, and personal narratives. Showcasing meticulous scholarship and the impressive collection of the British Museum, Warriors of the Plains is a comprehensive and significant contribution to the study of North American History.

$42.95

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Watishka Warriors
Author: Daniel Auger
Format: Paperback
  • After living in the city for years, Sandy Lafond returns to her childhood home at the Watishka First Nation reserve to care for her ailing Aunt Emma. Little has changed since she left, a young teen has just committed suicide, a local gang menaces the area, the community is splintered and dysfunctional, and the Metis youth are left restless and frustrated.

    Sandy realizes that she needs to do something to unite everyone once more, so she proposes to start a junior hockey team. At first she is met with great resistance first from the band council and then from the team itself, who can barely stop fighting long enough to play hockey.
    Drawing on her own past, Sandy steps in as coach and tries to reign in the star player, hot-headed Jeffrey Lambert, a 14-year-old hockey prodigy who just can't seem to stay out of trouble.

    Sandy struggles to keep the team and the community together despite crippling odds and the ever-present gang lurking in the background.

    And Jeffrey faces a decision that could affect the fate of the team, and his own life.

$14.95

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