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Secret of the Dance
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • "Many years ago, when the world and I were younger, my family defied the government."
    A boy will never forget witnessing a forbidden Potlatch.
    In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.

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My Elders Tell Me
Author: Marion Wright
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Based on input from the elders of Quatsino, Fort Rupert, and Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw, Marion Roze Wright gathered materials and consensus for this anthology, rendered as a season-by-season story about two nine-year-old cousins who live near Port Hardy.

    This wide-ranging volume provides some Kwakwala language terms and educational sidebars, and contains factual information as it tells the story of two cousins and their adventures and experiences throughout the seasons. An index allows readers to quickly find specific information they may be seeking.

$25.95

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Beneath Raven Moon
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw, Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

    Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

    The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

    Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky. And enjoy the enchantment of the music and flute of Mary Youngblood as you sit in wonder ... Beneath Raven Moon.

$24.95

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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon.

    "Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak."

    The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration.

    Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

    Author's note:

    Gila'kasla!
    I spent a year writing and rewriting this poem to be sure to convey the message clearly to my audience. It was important to me that the poem reflect the importance of us all joining together to find the sacredness in celebration, the joy of belonging within a greater community and the voice of determination inside of each of us. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples rising, healing and joining together I hope that this poem inspires our youth to be strong and determined in all their future goals.
    ~Terri Mack

    Book Dimensions: 9in x 12in
    Pages: 24
    ISBN: 9781771740555

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here is a Kindergarten resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    Click link to download a five week Kindergarten planning guide:Kindergarten FREE Download for We Live Here

    Back of book introduction:
    This book is about a river. Can you find a river on the front cover of this book? What do you know about rivers?

    Most rivers start high up in the mountains. As the water comes down the hill, it makes little pathways in the rocks and gravel. As the pathways get bigger, they join to make streams. Sometimes the streams join together to make a river. Where a river leaves the mountains the ground flattens out, and the river slows down. The river ends when it flows into the sea.

    The area in and around a river is a good place for plants, animals and people to live because we can all find food and water there. The salmon is an important food for many of us.

    Some of the plants and animals that you will find in this book are:
    Cedar trees live and grow all the way along a river, from the mountains to the sea.

    Salmon spend their adult lives out in the open sea. When it is time to lay their eggs, they swim back to their home streams. Their home streams are sometimes very close to the mountains.

    Bears walk long distances to find their food. They live from the mountains to the sea. In the fall they go to the rivers to fish for salmon.

    Eagles fly over large areas looking for food. They live from the mountains to the sea. In the fall, they go to the rivers to feast on salmon.

    Orcas live in the open sea. They swim long distances to hunt for food.
    Some orcas eat salmon.

    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A Talking Feather
    A boxed rubber stamp collection
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here Bundle

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    Click link to download a five week Grade 1 planning guide: Grade 1 FREE Download for We Share the Seasons

    Back of book introduction:

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons is a Grade 1 resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    This book is about the changing seasons in and along a riverbank, from the mountains to the sea. You will see many plants and animals that live along a riverbank. They grow and change just as we do.

    A season is one of the four parts of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. We all share and experience the changing of the seasons. Some changes we all make are small. Other changes are big. We all grow and change. What do you know about the seasons?

    Winter, up in the mountains can be cold. The days are short. Many animals sleep in their dens underneath the snow. Other animals are active all winter. Some birds and animals travel away to warmer places. Most plants rest during the winter too.

    Spring, along the banks of a mountain stream, is a time when the weather feels warmer. The days are longer. Sleeping animals wake up and come out of their dens. They are hungry and start looking for food. Birds and animals that went away for the winter come back. Plants start to grow again.

    Summer, along the banks of a river can sometimes be hot. The days are long. The young animals and birds are growing. They are learning how to find food and stay safe from danger. Plants are growing and spreading out their leaves and branches. Wild berries start to ripen and provide food for many of us.

    Fall, around a river estuary can be cool and windy. The days are shorter. Animals and birds start getting ready for the long winter ahead. Some fatten themselves up so that they can sleep through the winter. Others gather with their families to begin their long journey to warmer places. The salmon return from the sea and swim up their home streams to lay their eggs in the gravel. Trees, shrubs, and bushes begin to turn colour and then drop their leaves. Plants start to move into a time of rest.
    Which of the four seasons is your favourite? Why do you like it the best?


    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A set of moon posters
    A set of sort and categorize cards
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons Bundle

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    Click link to download a Grade 2 five week planning guide: Grade 2 FREE Download for We Are a Community

    Back of book introduction:

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community is a Grade 2 resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    This book is about a river. Most rivers start high up in the mountains. As the water comes downhill, it makes little pathways in the rocks and gravel. As the pathways get bigger, they join to make streams. When several streams join, they make a river. Some rivers have waterfalls and deep pools. In some places, fast moving water tumbles over rocks forming rapids. When a river leaves the mountain for flatter ground it starts to slow down. Eventually, a river ends when it flows into the sea. Where the fresh water and the salt water meet is an estuary. Have you ever been to an estuary?

    The area in and around an estuary is a good place for plants, animals and people to live because we can all find food and water there. The salmon is an important food for many of us. Have you ever eaten salmon?

    People have paid attention to the life cycle of salmon for thousands of years. We have learned that sometimes we can help salmon survive by building a salmon hatchery along a river. Some hatcheries are huge while others are quite small. Have you ever visited a salmon hatchery?

    There are many sizes of rivers in the world. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some are deep. Some are shallow.
    Do you live near a river?
    What plants and animals have you seen there?

    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A Card Game, matching and sequencing
    A CD
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community Bundle

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Raven Series: Raven Makes a Necklace (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Follow Raven as he flies around looking for coloured beads to make a necklace. The beads he finds are different shapes and colours.

    A Little Note about Shapes and Colours:
    Sorting by shapes and colours is a foundational skill. Our world is full of shapes and colours! Young learners strive to make sense of their surroundings and look to identify shapes and colours either in real life or through multimedia. Once learned a young learner can then sort and categorize many things by shape or colour.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

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Raven Series: I Spy Raven (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Watch as six little insects keep an eye on Raven as he settles in to go to sleep. The sky darkens and the stars come out only to reveal something very big at the end.

    A Little Note about Rhyming and Perspective:
    Learning rhyme is a foundational skill and this book provides opportunity to explore rhythm, rhyme and visual perspective. A learner’s ability to recognize words that rhyme will support them as they begin to learn word families later on. A simple word family is the “at” family: bat, cat, hat, mat etc. When a learner can recognize the rhyming sounds, or words, they can begin to anticipate the text. As well, a learner’s ability to understand visual perspective allows them to understand the story line deeper. The visual perspective changes under a magnifying glass.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

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Raven Series: Raven Sings the ABC's (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Follow Raven as he introduces each letter of the alphabet! Have fun naming each of the images for each letter.

    A Little Note about the Alphabet:
    Learning the alphabet is a foundational skill and learning through song is a wonderful way to learn! In hopes to eliminate confusion of learning to identify letters, we have typeset the letters in a specific manner. For example, L M N O P is not one letter and for young learners can be mistaken as such if not broken up. As you are singing the song slowly together, pointing at each letter will support young learners significantly. Notice that we pluralize alphabet to indicate there are many kinds.
    Each letter of the alphabet in the book has a corresponding picture. Taking the time to talk about each picture, over several reads, will support building vocabulary. Some of the pictures are from other Raven books to help learners make connections from book to book.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

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Raven Series: Raven and the Box (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Based on a traditional story, Raven and the Box is a simple story line. With each action that Raven makes you can play along with your own actions.

    A Little Note about Retelling:
    Learning to tell and retell stories is a foundational skill. Oral retells promote comprehension and build vocabulary capacity. This story allows actions to be performed as it is being told. Actions can sometimes support the retelling of a story line. Invite learners and their families to come in and share one of their own traditional family stories.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

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Raven Series: Raven and Frog Count (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Join Raven and Frog as they both count to ten in their own way. Raven teaches one to ten in rhyme and with a focus on number recognition. Frog teaches one to ten with visual supports of number representation.

    A Little Note about Counting:
    Learning to count is a foundational skill and our world is full of numbers. Young learners will learn early on in life that they can have one candy, not ten. In order to support the learning we can teach first what the numbers 1 – 10 look like while counting/naming them. After many practises counting/naming we can then teach the amount of each number. For example, we can show the learners; I can hold one cracker in my left hand and two crackers in my right hand. Last, we can show number representation in a pattern, like the number patterns on dice. Of course, this is only the beginning of discovering that our world is full of math but this is such a great start for any young learner.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

$19.95

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Raven Series: Raven and Duck (Big Book)
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • Raven and Duck are good friends. They like to play together outside in the summer sun but most of what they do is opposite to the other.

    A Little Note about Opposites:
    Learning opposites is a foundational skill. So many functions of our daily lives are around sorting and categorizing and understanding opposites is a great beginning. As well, knowing what opposites are support a young learner in both comprehension and vocabulary. Understanding a story line that describes something big and something small will support comprehension. With the addition of opposite words in a young learner’s vocabulary, they can now add a description to things. As an example, the beginning stages of use may be the big boat and the small boat. As language progresses it may turn to the large boat and the little boat. At an even deeper progression, it may turn to the humongous boat and the tiny boat.

    16 pages
    Size: 10" x 14"

$19.95

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Raven Series: Mini Raven Series Set
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • The Raven Series are a set of six books written for the emergent reader and learner. Each book focuses on a specific learning intention that builds on strengthening learning with the support of an adult. The titles and their learning intentions are:

    Raven and the Box: promotes an oral retell
    Raven and Duck: basic concepts
    Raven Can Count: number recognition
    I Spy Raven: rhyme and perspective
    Raven Learns the ABC's: letter recognition, vocabulary building
    Raven Makes a Necklace: colours and patterns

    These 3"X4" books are great for young readers just learning how to read.

    The Big Book Raven Series can be found in the Raven Series Category

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Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse
Author: Nella Nelson
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • This contemporary story is told through the voice of a 12-year-old Kwakwaka’wakw girl named Gana, who lives in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay, BC). From the time she is little, Gana attends Potlatches and ceremonies in the Bighouse. The regalia she wears—a button blanket, dancing apron and masks—were designed and made for her based on her family origins or clans. The ancient cultural teachings she learns in the Bighouse are useful to Gana in her everyday life and continue to have value in the 21st century.

    • Full colour illustrations showing aboriginal masks and regalia in context
    • Contains some Kwak’wala words with meaning and pronunciation guides
    • 11” x 8.5” soft cover, 96 pages



    Nella Cook Nelson, originally from the N’amgis Nation, was born and raised in Alert Bay, B.C. It wasn’t until Nella was in grade 4 that integration occurred and aboriginal students were allowed to attend the public schools. When she was 12-years-old, the first Bighouse since the anti-potlatch law had been lifted was built in Alert Bay.
    Nella attended both Camosun College and the University of Victoria. When she started teaching in public schools in 1979, aboriginal content didn’t exist. After 11 years teaching, she has coordinated the Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division for 27 years. She serves on Provincial, college, university, community boards and advisory committees to improve aboriginal health, safety and education.
    Nella has recieved the Queen’s 125 Commemorative Medal, YM/YWCA Women of Distinction, Camosun’s Distinguished Alumni, and Excellence in Cultural Heritage & Diversity Awards.

$21.95

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Raven Series Complete Set - ON SALE
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • The Raven Series are a set of six books written for the emergent reader and learner. Each book focuses on a specific learning intention that builds on strengthening learning with the support of an adult. The titles and their learning intentions are:

    Raven and the Box: promotes an oral retell
    Raven and Duck: basic concepts
    Raven and Frog Count: number recognition
    I Spy Raven: rhyme and perspective
    Raven Sings the ABC's: letter recognition, vocabulary building
    Raven Makes a Necklace: colours and patterns

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$71.80

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