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Leonard Paul

Mi'kmaq artist, Leonard Paul, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1953. Paul attended Nova Scotia  College of Art and Design to study for his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1971 –  1974.  He majored in painting and later graduated from Acadia University in 1991 with Bachelor of Arts in Art  History. Leonard Paul recognized art creation as an influential role in therapy and received his Image Therapy Counseling Certificate from  Acadia University and subsequently completed his Suicide Prevention Training in Calgary, Alberta. His formal training became useful when he worked with youth as an art instructor.

Long Powwow Nights
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Indigenous American;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

The Powwow is a time-honored Native American custom. It is a celebration of life and spirituality, a remembrance of traditions, uniting a people through dance and ritual.

Long Powwow Nights takes you on a wonderful journey, honoring these mystical dancers who keep their traditions alive through dance and song. In its poetic verses, David Bouchard skillfully narrates the story of a mother's dedication to her roots and her efforts to impress upon her child the importance of culture and identity.

Internationally revered Indigenous artist, Leonard Paul, brings the story alive with his beautiful renditions of powwow dancers, warriors, and stunning landscape.

The book is accompanied by a CD, which includes music by internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, Buffy Sainte- Marie.


  • In 2010, Long Powwow Nights was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

"Leonard Paul's wonderful artwork is the major strength of Long Powwow Nights. The magnificent paintings have a photographic realism that, given the subject matter, is beautiful and awe-inspiring. . . Long Powwow Nights is a stunning book that will especially appeal to First Nation People and to anyone who has enjoyed the opportunity to attend a powwow ceremony. Highly recommended."— CM Magazine

"The incantatory verse that animates this song of praise to a mother who kept the magic of the powwow alive for her son's generation casts a spell, to be sure, but Leonard Paul's stunning paintings of dancers in full-feathered dress and face paint eclipse all else."— The Globe and Mail

"Breathtaking colour paintings of traditionally clothed dancers and dance scenes intensify the passion of the ritual and the Powwow experience. Readers are also inspired through included audio media by Buffy Sainte-Marie, along with English and Mi'kmaq readings by the authors. This book is a wonderful tribute to the traditional culture of the Mi'kmaq nation, as well as an enriching resource for non-natives, and a celebration of First Nations People." — Resource Links

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.25" x 8.00

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow is about a week in the life of Pīsim, a young Cree woman living in the late 1600s. The 1993 archaeological excavation of the remains of a woman and her belongings from Nagami Bay at South Indian Lake, Manitoba, was the inspiration for the story. In the story, Pīsim begins to both recognize her purpose for being and develop her gifts for fulfilling her purpose. This beautifully illustrated book includes drawings of artifacts, definitions and descriptions, historical facts and information, Cree songs and words, maps, recipes, and much more.

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Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork