Joseph MacLean


Joseph MacLean lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is an historian by education, a storyteller by avocation and a social entrepreneur by trade. Joseph took Native studies as part of an interdisciplinary program at the University of Montréal (Loyola College) where he graduated with an honours degree in history. Always interested in Aboriginal history and culture the inspiration for this first book came from working on a literacy project with the urban Aboriginal community in Vancouver. It struck the author as odd that ‘Mary had a little lamb’, ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ and other, almost exclusively western rhymes and children's stories predominated the literature used in the early childhood education and development programs for Native kids. And so he wrote this first reader exploring some of the less well known and illuminating facets of Aboriginal history and culture.

A is for Aboriginal
Authors:
Joseph MacLean
Artists:
Brendan Heard
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

The reader will discover some interesting bits of history and tradition that are not widely known. Many, for example, do not know that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin (two of the American Founding Fathers) both attribute the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, one of the world’s oldest democracies, as the inspiration for the American Constitution. Or, that the origin of ‘Red Indian’ is not because of skin colour, but from the ochre (iron oxide) used by the now extinct Beothuk to colour their skin red – red skin.

At the bottom of each letter there is a list of Indiginous peoples that begin with that letter. The idea is that the names can be recited as a sort of poem of remembrance. This book celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture and is beautifully illustrated by Brendan Heard, a Canadian artist who works in oil paint and digital medium.

The author, Joseph MacLean, is an historian by education, a story teller by avocation and a social entrepreneur by trade. The book was written ten years ago when Joseph was working on a literacy project in Vancouver’s infamous DTES (Downtown Eastside) – the poorest postal code in Canada.

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