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Rocky Landon

Rocky Landon was born and raised in northwestern Ontario. He attended Trent University where he developed a deep appreciation for his Native ancestors and an understanding of the value of people in the First Nations community.

As a teacher, Landon has been active in encouraging First Nation studies in public schools in hopes that students will have a better understanding of Aboriginal culture. He actively encourages members of the First Nation community to embrace their past and teach future generations to keep the traditions and culture of their people alive.

Landon hopes that his new book, A Native American Thought of It (2008), will encourage readers to learn more about the fascinating culture of the First Nations and perhaps inspire them to learn more about their own culture.

Rocky currently lives in Kingston with his wife Petra and their two teenaged children.

A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7;

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:

* Diapers
* Asphalt
* Megaphones
* Hair conditioner
* Surgical knives
* Sunscreen.

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.

Series Information
This book is a part of the We Thought of It series, a series which takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.

Additional Information
48 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text