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Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Nine Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
  • Ask Sylvia Olsen—author, knitter and expert on the
    world-famous Cowichan sweaters—whether there’s any
    more to be said about knitting, and her answer is a
    resounding “Yes! Of course, yes. Knitting stories are as
    varied as the things we knit and, like all good stories, they
    tell us about ourselves and what it means to be a human
    being. We will never grow tired of stories like that.”

    In Knitting Stories, Sylvia’s storytelling talents are in
    full evidence as she shares her musings and insights about
    knitting, design, community, family and the creation of
    narratives from both wool and words. Full of delightful
    personal anecdotes, this collection of essays also reflects
    on the author’s knowledge of, and experience with,
    creating and marketing traditional Cowichan sweaters.
    She also describes her more recent forays into Salish
    fusion designs.

    Knitters will love the gorgeous examples of Olsen’s
    work, stunningly photographed by Joshua Lawrence Studio.

    Seven original patterns are included for items including a
    snuggly infinity scarf, bolero, sweater, skirt, toque, poncho and fingerless gloves. Readers can learn how Margaret Atwood came
    to own a pair of Sylvia’s gloves in the essay titled Am I
    Knitting Stories or Writing Sweaters? and then pick up
    needles and wool to make a pair by following the instructions
    provided.

    These essays and knitting patterns are, by turn, inspiring,
    thought-provoking and entertaining. Like the knitted
    items themselves, the stories collected here are warm and
    reassuring—products of a generous spirit that are timeless,
    beautiful and perfect for sharing.

$28.95

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Memory Serves and Other Essays
Author: Lee Maracle
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Memory Serves gathers together the oratories award-winning author Lee Maracle has delivered and performed over a twenty-year period. Revised for publication, the lectures hold the features and style of oratory intrinsic to the Salish people in general and the Sto: lo in particular. From her Coast Salish perspective and with great eloquence, Maracle shares her knowledge of Sto: lo history, memory, philosophy, law, spirituality, feminism and the colonial condition of her people. Powerful and inspiring, Memory Serves is an extremely timely book, not only because it is the first collection of oratories by one of the most important Indigenous authors in Canada, but also because it offers all Canadians, in Maracle's own words, "another way to be, to think, to know," a way that holds the promise of a "journey toward a common consciousness."Memory Serves: Oratories:"The topics she covers, the approaches she employs, and the strength of her language highlight the reasons the author has been a driving force in Canadian aboriginal culture for decades. Memory Serves adds to the vital canon of Canadian aboriginal literature."--Alexis Kienlen, Quill and Quire"Memory Serves is one of Maracle's greatest books. It is a read that imparts wisdom from a great writer and it will leave you feeling empowered knowing that the wisdom of Maracle's words are being shared with you."--Christine Smith (McFarlane)

$24.95

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Coast Salish Journey Colouring Book
Author: Herb Rice
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Coast Salish designs and stories by Master Carver Herb Rice, suitable for children of all ages!

$13.95

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Coast Salish Journey Colouring Book With Hul'q'umi'num'
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Coast Salish designs by Herb Rice with names in Hul'Q'Umi'Num
    Ideal for learning First Nation Languages!

$13.95

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Counting on Hope
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish, Tsartlip, Lamalcha
Format: Paperback
  • Hope and her family travel from England to their new home on an island off the coast of British Columbia in the 1860s. Hope thinks that she has arrived in paradise. She is right … until whiskey traders arrive.

    Letia and her family are Lamalcha people who winter on Kuper Island and move to Wallace Island in the summer. The problem is that Letia's summer camp is on the island that the Crown has deeded to Hope's family. When the two girls meet, against the wishes of their mothers, their stories intersect.

    Set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English colonization of British Columbia, and an 1863 naval assault on Kuper Island, Counting on Hope tells the story of two girls whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures collide.

    Alternating between free verse and prose, Sylvia Olsen follows the girl's individual storylines before, during and after their meeting. She captures the wonder and joy with which Hope and Letia develop their friendship. She also describes the tragic events, suspicion, fear and confusion that characterize so many early encounters between Europeans and the First Peoples. Ultimately a story of hope, this sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won follows Hope and Letia out of childhood, off their island paradise and into the complex realities of an adult world.

    Ages 12+

$14.95

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Granny and I Get Traditional Names
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, told in the voice of a young girl, she describes how she and her Granny get ready for their naming ceremony. When the special day arrives, the Longhouse fills with people who will witness and celebrate the sharing of their traditional names.

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$8.50

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Mom, How Do You Make Smoked Fish?
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, step-by-step instructions for gathering wood and catching, filleting and then smoking fish are given. The text and illustrations support the reader’s understanding of the process and emphasize the respect shown by the Coast Salish people for the circle of life.

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$8.50

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Strong Stories Coast Salish Single Set
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Own the Entire Set of Coast Salish Strong Stories written by Celestine Aleck!

    Included is one copy of the following:

    Granny and I Get Traditional Names
    Mom, How Do You Make Smoked Fish?
    Why Ravens and Wolves Hunt Together
    Taking Care of Our Mother Earth
    The Cedar Tree: The Heart of Our People
    The Great Blanket of Moss
    The Great Trade
    The Sun and the Moon

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$68.00

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Taking Care of Our Mother Earth
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, it is explained how each family played a traditional role in taking care of our Mother Earth. From controlled burning to ethical hunting and fishing practices, the Coast Salish people were, and still are, taught by their elders to respect Mother Earth.

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$8.50

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The Cedar Tree: The Heart of Our People
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, learn about the importance of the cedar tree to the culture and history of the Coast Salish people. Descriptions of items made from the wood and bark of this special tree are included. Also explained in the story is the protocol for harvesting cedar bark.

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$8.50

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The Great Blanket of Moss
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, to make up for her children’s rudeness to Snow, Mother Tree gives up her life as a tree and transforms into a great blanket of moss. The moss blanket protects the younger trees from Snow’s anger. Respect for the wisdom of the elders is a theme woven throughout this delightful story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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The Great Trade
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, how Bald Eagles got their name, how Geese got their long necks and how Hummingbirds got their colourful feather coats are all told. Something is traded, something is transformed and something is taken to make this little chapter book come alive.

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$8.50

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The Sun and the Moon
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, to help make their children happy, the sun and the moon make the difficult choice to part from each other. The Creator allows them to visit only at the time of an eclipse and at sunrise and sunset. The great love between the sun and the moon can be seen in the beauty of those times.

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The Two Sisters
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Hardcover
  • For the first time, Pauline Johnson’s "The Two Sisters,” a First Nations legend, is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations that showcase the splendour of the Salish Sea. The universal themes of Creation, courage, and peace run through this legend of two little girls who grow up to be courageous young women who help to bring lasting peace to their world. The story is supplemented by a reference section that will enable a reader, parent, teacher, or visitor to the coast to immerse themselves in the rich history of Coast Salish cultures.

$19.95

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We Are All Connected: Coast Salish, Coastal Rainforests and Cougars
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • “We Are All Connected” is a series that explores how we all live together in a shared balance upon Mother Earth. Each book explores a specific ecosystem with a focus on one animal and its adaptations for survival within that ecosystem. Indigenous interviewees, each living in one of these same areas, have responded to strategic questions as to how their community interacts with the same land, their traditional territory. Explore each text with a sense of inquiry in mind.

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$19.95

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