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BC - Authentic First Peoples Resources K-7

Status: In Print
Other Categories: Resource Theme Bundle

This resource guide has been developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) with assistance from the BCMOE and support from the Education Partnerships Program of AANDC.
Date published: March 2012

You can download this document in it's entirety under the category: Canadian Aboriginal Resource Lists - Elementary.
Then go to the sub-category: BC - Authentic First Peoples Resources K-7 and you will find the download link in the header.

Download the resource here:BC First Peoples Learning Resources: Books for Use in K-7 Classrooms

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Learn and Play
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

This 18-page board book introduces concepts such as opposites, shapes, counting, the alphabet, colours, and search and find using Northwest Coast art designs from various Indigenous artists such as Corey Bulpitt, Wolf Morrisseau, and Paul Windsor.

 

$10.00

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Learn the Alphabet
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art is a 23-page board book that introduces young children to the alphabet. The letters include the upper and lower cases for each. Each letter is depicted with the letters and a drawing of a Northwest Coast animal, natural feature or object. For example the Letter H is for hummingbird ; the letter T is represented by Totem. Each artist's contribution is recognized in this important title for young children. This book also introduces young children to Northwest Coast art designs while helping reinforce the letters of the alphabet.

$10.00

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Learn the Colours
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

"Learn the Colours" is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of eight Northwest Coast native artists to produce a wonderful book for children who are just learning their colors. The book is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks, non-toxic coatings and paper sourced from sustainable forests.

$9.00

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Learn to Count
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

"Learn to Count" is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks and non-toxic coatings. One Bear, Two Turtles and Three Hummingbirds are the beginning of learning how to count to Nine Frogs and Ten Ravens. Little children will be fascinated by all the shapes and colors this little book presents. And don't forget the Seven Baby Salmon and the Eight Ladybugs. You'll have to buy this book to see what Four and Five are.

$9.00

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Discover the Animals Colouring and Learning Book
Format: Paperback

Native Explore - Discover the Animals Colouring Book

Colour along as you learn about the significance of animals to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. This book gathers all new artwork within a colouring book of medium difficulty.

Features:

  • Features the artwork of over 20 indigenous artists.
  • 24 new animals to discover.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 24 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".

Some of the artists who have contributed to this work include Dwayne Simeon, Bruce Morrisseau, Donald Peters, Mark A. Jacobson, Corey Bulpitt, Eric Parnell, Bruce Morrisseau, Wolf Morrisseau, Ben Houstie, Sean Whonnock, and Terry Starr.

$9.95

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Explore the Animals: Northwest Coast First Nations and Native Art Colouring and Learning Book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

Colour along as you learn about the significance of animals to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. This resource gathers creatures of the land, sea, and sky in a colouring book of medium difficulty.

Features:

  • Features the artwork and insights of over 20 indigenous artists.
  • Coloured back cover featuring every design for inspiration.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable based ink, and water based coating.
  • 24 pages; measures 8.5" x 11". 
$9.95

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I Help/Niwechihaw
Artists:
Caitlin Dale Nicholson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Tahltan;

Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations portray the close relationship between the boy and his grandmother and the natural beauty of the bush. Her text has been translated into Cree by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was also the inspiration for the story.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 4-7

Delivered in a dual-language format of Cree and English.

Additional Information
24 pages | 8.50" x 12.25"

$12.95

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Hide and Sneak
Artists:
Vladyana Krykorka
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

On the great tundra plains of Nunavut, there is a creature that just loves to play hide and seek. The only problem with this creature is, if it helps you hide, no one will ever find you again. Well, Allashua loves to play hide and seek…

Allashua ignores the inuksugaq as she plays hide-and-seek. Soon she encounters an Ijiraq--a tiny half-bird, half-human creature who loves to play. Allashua remembers her mother telling her that if an Ijiraaq hides you, no one will ever find you again. Eventually, Ijiraq disappears and Allashua gets lost on the tundra. With no idea of which way to go, she heads toward a small block dot on a far-off hill. When Allashua realizes the dot is the inuksugaq and that it can guide her safely home, she understands the riddle of its existence.

Inuit author Michael Kusugak (A Promise is a Promise, Baseball Bats for Christmas) again demonstrates that he is a masterful writer. A mythological figure and traditional Inuit practices, set the backdrop for this dramatic story. 

Reviews
"Hide and Sneak is an excellent book, and a good introduction for young children to the Canadian Arctic and to the Inuit. A one-page story at the beginning of the book introduces the readers to the Ijiraq, and explains the purpose of the inuksugaq - information the reader should know but would slow the story. Kusugak's descriptions of the landscape and the wildlife are vivid and beautifully woven into the text. The story is suspenseful without being threatening; the language is simple, easy to read, and smooth." - CM Magazine

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

$7.95

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Northwest Coast Native Animals
Authors:
Kelly Robinson
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka); Nuxalk;
Each animal has many lessons to teach us. For example, we learn to care for our habitat, to live cooperatively with others, to ahve courage, to think before we act, and to be wise and respectful. Try observing the animals around you. How can you be inspired by their knowledge?

$10.00

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Sealiya
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Squamish;
$18.95

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Where Did You Get Your Moccasins?
Artists:
Herman Bekkering
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

When a young boy's classmates gather around to look at a young boy's moccasins, he tells them the story of how his grandmother made them.

Additional Information
24 pages | 8.00" x 11.00" | New Edition

$12.00

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I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam
Artists:
Herman Bekkering
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

A boy patiently listens to his mother's reasons for not making bannock-all the result of a beaver's need to make a dam.

Includes a bannock recipe!

Reviews
"I Can't Have Bannock But the Beaver Has a Dam is written in prose. It begins with a little boy asking his mother if he can have some bannock. She says no and tells him why. As for all little boys, mother's answer only offers material for another question. So the book's story is built on this question-answer exchange between the two. Each time the mother answers, she gives all of the information in the previous answer plus a new piece of information, so we see the picture expanding for the boy. The book would be a good teaching tool for the elementary teacher, especially for those in native and northern communities where bannock and power failures are a part of everyday life. It is recommended for all elementary school libraries." - Sharon A. McLennan McCue, CM Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: K-3

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 11.00" | New Edition

$12.00

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Jingle Dancer
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Muscogee (Creek) Nation; Native American;

The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl, loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

The cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress sing tink, tink, tink, tink.

Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing.

The warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu complement author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text in this picture book. Perfect for classroom and library sharing.

Educator Information
Suggested Ages: 4-8.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.25" x 11.00"

 

$21.99

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The Journey of Dog Salmon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka);
Dog Salmon is the bully of the river and is taught how important it is to respect others. The legend also integrates the natural salmon cycle.
$9.95

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Alego
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

Alego is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life -- a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin.

Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

Educator Information
Alego includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a map of Baffin Island. Ages 4-7.

This book is delivered in a dual-language format, written in Inuktitut and English.

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.63" x 9.63"

 

$17.95

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Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Native American; Salish;
A long time ago, fire belonged only to the animals in the land above, not to those on the earth below. Curlew, keeper of the sky world, guarded fire and kept it from the earth. Coyote, however, devised a clever plan to steal fire, aided by Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver. These brave and resourceful animal beings raided the land above and risked all to steal fire from Curlew.
 
Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularly relevant today.
 
This unforgettable version of the story is told by Salish elder Johnny Arlee and beautifully illustrated by tribal artist Sam Sandoval.
 
Reviews
"Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story is a picture book rendition of a story directly from the cultural tradition of the Salish people of Montana. Retold by Salish elder Johnny Arlee, and wonderfully illustrated in full color by tribal artist Sam Sandoval, Beaver Steals Fire recounts how the animals worked together to obtain fire and help prepare the world for inhabitation by human beings. Beaver Steals Fire is presented with the full support of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Division of Fire; a note to the reader at the beginning asks those who use Beaver Steals Fire in the classroom or others who read it aloud to orally tell or discuss the story only in winter, when snow is on the ground, as this is a strongly ingrained part of tribal seasonal tradition. A beautifully presented legend, highly recommended." — Children's Bookwatch, February 2006

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64 pages | 7.50" x 10.00"

$22.50

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Caring For Me series: Eat, Run and Live Healthy
Format: Paperback

Nurse Ellen visits Annie Calf Robe's classroom. Nurse Ellen's use of pictures and fun activities helps the children learn about the importance of healthy foods.

Educator & Series Information
The Caring For Me series was developed through consultations with health promotion workers and early childhood educators. There are six titles in the series that deal with issues such as healthy eating, safety, dealing with feelings and notions of respect. This series is appropriate for ages three to five, and the books have full-colour illustrations.

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20 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

$10.95

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Caring For Me series: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth
Format: Paperback
What happens when you get a bead stuck up your nose? Tony's visit to the doctor's office shows how to take care of eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
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Caring For Me series: Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives
Format: Paperback
David is scared and full of questions when his favorite aunt was yelling. Through the love of his mommy, David understands auntie's alcohol problem and the importance of making healthy choices.

$10.95

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Caring For Me series: Living Safe, Playing Safe
Format: Paperback
Tony, Rainey, Jennifer, and Mavis love playing, with the help of their parents, they learn important safety lessons at school, in the kitchen and in the playground.

$10.95

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Caring For Me series: Looking After Me
Authors:
Denise Lecoy
Format: Paperback
A sweet story about a young Quail who learns life lessons about laughing, crying, anger, hurt, happiness, fear, trust, love and standing up for one self.

$10.95

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Caring For Me series: Taking Care Of Mother Earth
Authors:
Leanne Flett Kruger
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Penticton;

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: K-Physical and Earth Science

Charlie and Grandma are doing chores around the house. While doing the chores, grandma shares loving stories with Charlie on how to take care mother earth.

This series was developed through consultations with health promotion workers and early childhood educators. There are six titles in the series that deal with issues such as healthy eating, safety, dealing with feelings and notions of respect. This series is appropriate for ages three to five, and the books have full-colour illustrations.

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How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Tlingit;

A long time ago, Raven was pure white, like fresh snow in winter. This was so long ago that the only light came from campfires, because a greedy chief kept the stars, moon, and sun locked up in elaborately carved boxes. Determined to free them, the shape-shifting Raven resourcefully transformed himself into the chief's baby grandson and cleverly tricked him into opening the boxes and releasing the starlight and moonlight. Though tired of being stuck in human form, Raven maintained his disguise until he got the chief to open the box with the sun and flood the world with daylight, at which point he gleefully transformed himself back into a raven. When the furious chief locked him in the house, Raven was forced to escape through the small smokehole at the top--and that's why ravens are now black as smoke instead of white as snow.

This engaging Tlingit story is brought to life in painted illustrations that convey a sense of the traditional life of the Northwest Coast peoples.

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32 pages | 9.50" x 9.60"

$20.95

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How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib);

Fox is howling, crying, for he lost his leg to Bear, all the people wanted to help Fox, but didn't know what to do. Raven is called upon to help retrieve his leg. Will Raven succeed in the quest for Fox's leg?

This book includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. Also included is a Dogrib Elder telling his version of this ancient legend in Dogrib. An orthography chart is included.

Educator Information
Delivered in a dual-language format of Dogrib and English.

English translation by Mary Siemens & Rosa Mantla.

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.24" x 8.30"

$22.95

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Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast (Hardcover)
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Various;
Two legged and four legged beings are beautifully illustrated and cultural meanings provided from the: Nuxalk, Namgis, Caost Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Haisla, Heiltsuk, Haida, Bella Bella, Tsimshian, Kwa Na Ki Nulth and Nuchatlaht Nations.
$15.00

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Shi-shi-etko
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Interior Salish;
In just four days Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school. She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world. This gentle story of a child on the verge of great loss was selected as the Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year.
$18.95

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Shin-chi's Canoe
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Interior Salish;
This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too. As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko takes it upon herself to tell her little brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the tug of the salmon when he and his dad pull in the fishing nets. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime.

When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father. The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.
$18.95

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The Legend of the Caribou Boy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Dene; Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib);
A young boy is having trouble sleeping at night. He is being called to fulfill his destiny, a destiny which lives on today in the traditions and culture of the Dene people and their relationship to the caribou and the land on which they live. Bilingual - English and Dogrib.

CD included.
$19.95

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The Little Duck: Sikihpsis
Authors:
Beth Cuthand
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Cree;
Little Duck wants to be a Plains Cree dancer, and decides to dress up like one and walks into the Cree camp. When he sees he does not fit in, the lonely duck returns to his pond and finds acceptance from the other ducks. He becomes content with who he is and his life as a duck.

The Little Duck is a universal story that transcends cultural boundaries and leaves one with a lesson about the importance of self-worth.
$18.95

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The Little Hummingbird
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: South American;
This inspiring children's book-a revised edition of the awardwinning Flight of the Hummingbird-is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The evocative artwork by internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas complements the optimistic tale that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their home and the planet.
$18.95

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The Littlest Sled Dog
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs. Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She''s a dog who believes anything is possible!
$10.95

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The Moccasins
Authors:
Earl Einarson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Ktunaxa; Métis;

This is an Endearing Story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love.

$10.95

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The Old Man with the Otter Medicine
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Dene; Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib);
It is winter and the people are starving. There is not fish. They must seek the help of a medicine man to save them. The Man with the Otter Medicine tells of medicine power, the struggle for survival and an important part of the history and culture of the Dene people as it has been passed down through stories and legends for generations. Bilingual - English and Dogrib. CD included.
$19.95

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Yetsa's Sweater
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback

On a fresh spring day, young Yetsa, her mother and her grand-mother gather to prepare the sheep fleeces piled in Grandma's yard. As they clean, wash and dry the fleece, laughter and hard work connect the three generations. The reader joins this family in an old, but vibrant tradition: the creation of a Cowichan sweater.

$9.95

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Jenneli's Dance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Metis Red-River Jig from her grandma. One day, Grandma Lucee enters her into a jigging contest. Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Metis culture, and deals with low self-esteem.

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44 pages | 7.94" x 9.02"

$12.95

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Byron Through the Seasons
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Dene;

This Dene-English story book was produced by the students and teachers of Ducharme Elementary School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, with assistance from local advisors and elders. Together, they wrote the story, translated it, and worked on the pictures. 

Their goal was to highlight some aspects of Dene culture that were vital in the past and are still important today. They wanted to show the continuity of a genuine and successful way of life, and emphasize culturally-significant events and attitudes. 

To produce the book, over 400 hundred students provided ideas for the storyline and art samples for the illustrations. Two hundred letters went out to the community families, asking for ideas and information with regard to story content. A dozen elders were consulted to provide accurate and culturally-correct information. A teacher committee of six worked on the project for two years. 

Byron Through the Seasons is a story told by Grandfather Jonas and imagined by his grandson, Byron. The balloon diagram in each picture represents the symbolic journey taken by Byron as he listens to stories of what Dene life is like during the four seasons of the year.

Favored selection by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, Byron Through the Seasons: A Dene-English Story Book recalls early aspects of Dene lifestyle, from tanning and medicine to camping and food preservation.

Educator Information
B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1- Earth and Space Science

Recommended ages: 4-8.

Written in English and the Dene language (Chipewyan).

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32 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

$10.95

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How the Robin Got Its Red Breast: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sechelt;

These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation. Simple enough to be understood by young children, yet compelling enough for adults, they are gentle, beautifully presented cautionary tales. You'll want to read them again and again - and you'll learn a few words of the Shishalh language while you're at it.

Reviews
"Long ago, when groups of people were living in caves to keep their families fed and warm, young men set out to search for food. After days of staying awake to keep the fire going, the grandfather left in charge fell asleep, and the fire grew dim. The resident brown robin found everyone asleep the next morning with the embers barely lit. This traditional story tells how the courageous little gray robin saves the people, and is honored with the color given him." - Oyate

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

Additional Information 
40 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

$7.95

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Mayuk the Grizzly Bear: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sechelt;

These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation. Simple enough to be understood by young children, yet compelling enough for adults, they are gentle, beautifully presented cautionary tales. You'll want to read them again and again - and you'll learn a few words of the Shishalh language while you're at it.

Reviews
"In the naming of his great-grandson, a grandfather relates the story of how Mayuk met his match at the hands of three brothers, and how one, who was wounded, was healed by Indian medicine. To celebrate his survival, the grandfather named his grandson Mayuk so he would have the attributes of that animal. That this book is a story within a story within a story within a story is a common Northwest Coast oral history device." - Oyate

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

Additional Information
40 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

$7.95

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A River Lost
Authors:
Lynn Bragg
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sinixt;

A River Lost is the familiar story of an ancient culture infringed upon and altered forever by modern technology. It is the story of how the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam led to the destruction of a way of life for members of the Arrow Lakes Tribe. Sinee mat and her great-grandmother Toopa tell the engaging story of life on the Columbia River, before and after the dam.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

$12.95

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Ch'askin: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sechelt;

Ch'askin is the great thunderbird whose appearance heralds rumbling thunder, a darkening sky and flashes of lightning as well as good luck for the people of the Sechelt Nation.

This compelling book recounts how this enormous and awe-inspiring bird -- who looks like a golden eagle except much, much larger -- aided and protected the members of the Sechelt villages for many years in many ways. From helping Chief Spelmu'lh, the father of the Sechelt Nation, build both the first longhouse and the many villages of his people, to delivering goats and grizzly bears for the hungry people to eat and creating islands from pebbles for the tired Sechelt hunters to rest, the story of Ch'askin is a story of protection, friendship and respect for fellow living beings.

Reviews 
"The story is simple but beautiful in its description of the close relationship of Ch'askin and his chosen people...The illustrations enhance the story without overwhelming the sparse, flowing text." — Linda Irvine, Resource Links

"Told in the style of the oral tradition and beautifully illustrated in black and white, the story of Ch'askin comes to life." — BC Parent Magazine

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

$7.95

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Dancing with the Cranes
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Okanagan;

Dancing with the Cranes gives an understanding of birth, life and death. Chi's momma is soon to have a baby, but Chi is having a hard time being happy about it. Chi misses Temma (her grandma), who has passed away. Chi's momma and daddy help ease the pain of losing Temma and help Chi to understand life and death as a part of nature. Chi soon finds herself feeling comforted, knowing Temma will always be a part of her and looking forward to the new baby who will be a part of their lives.

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24 pages | 7.97" x 9.95"

$12.95

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Exploring Quatsino
Authors:
Sara Child
Marion Wright
Format: Paperback
Told from the point of view of a young Kwakwaka'wakw boy and supported by candid photographs, this book takes the reader on a tour of the village of Quatsino and the daily lives of its residents.
$13.50

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Exploring Ts’axis
Authors:
Sara Child
Marion Wright
Format: Paperback
Told from the point of view of a young Kwakwaka'wakw girl and supported by candid photographs, this book takes the reader on a tour of the village of Ts’axis and the daily lives of its residents.
$13.50

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Exploring Tsulquate
Authors:
Sara Child
Marion Wright
Format: Paperback
Told from the point of view of a young Kwakwaka'wakw girl and supported by candid photographs, this book takes the reader on a tour of the village of Tsulquate and the daily lives of its residents.
$13.50

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I Like Who I Am
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mohawk;

Celina is a young Mohawk girl who moves to her mother's home reserve. She is teased by her classmates who tell her that she is not Mohawk and does not belong because she has blond hair and blue eyes. Celina starts to believe her classmates and decides not to dance at an upcoming Pow Wow. But her great-grandmother helps Celina understand that being Mohawk is not about how she looks but about what she feels in her heart. When the drumming starts at the Pow Wow, Celina decides to dance after all. A beautifully illustrated story, I Like Who I Am explores issues of bullying and belonging as Celina looks for acceptance in her new community.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 6-11

Additional Information
44 pages | 8.00" x 9.00"

 

$12.95

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Neekna and Chemai
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Okanagan;

A story about two girls living in the Okanagan Valley before the arrival of the white man. An insight into customs and ways of the past.

$13.95

In Re-Print
Salmon Boy: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sechelt;

In Salmon Boy: A Legend of the Sechelt People, a young boy is captured by a Chum salmon and brought to the country of the salmon people-a dry land beneath water where "the salmon people walked about the same as people do above the sea." The boy lived with them for one year, and his captivity becomes a source of learning that will ensure the survival of his own people.

After accompanying the salmon people on their run, the Sechelt boy hops out of the river and returns home to teach everything he has learned to his people who, from that time forward, treat the salmon properly and always have enough to eat. The salmon people, now respected by the humans, happily "give their rich flesh to feed the people of the land."

This beautiful story is accompanied by black and white illustrations of the boy and his adventures. Though written especially for children, Salmon Boy, with its simple message of responsibility and respect, will appeal to all ages.

Educator Information
Simple and compelling First Nations drawings illustrate this dynamic story that teaches respect for the environment and describes the life cycle of the salmon.

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

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24 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

$8.95

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Secret of the Dance
Authors:
Alfred Scow
Andrea Spalding
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Kwakwaka'wakw;
"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.
$10.95

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The Rabbit's Race
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;
It is Grandparents Day at Joey's school. Joey's grandfather has been asked to be the guest speaker.

As grandpa enters the school gym stage he sits down on the chair provided to him and starts...

"When I was a boy, my grandfather always had a story for every occasion," he said. "He told me that while some stories are meant to be enjoyed, others have a lesson to help you grow. So, I'm going to do what my grandfather did with me when I was growing up. I'm going to tell a story."

Grandpa retells a story of a great rabbit race not only was it a race of speed, but it was also a race between two different races of rabbits, the bush rabbits and the jackrabbits. Much like the famous story about The Rabbit and Turtle, this story also has a surprising twist and valuable lessons.

$19.95

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Unusual Friendships
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This story of an unusual friendship between a black cat and a white rat is full of colourful Metis affectations. With subtle references to the life of a Metis, the black cat is not accepted at the cat show as he is not considered a purebred. The white rat fiddles a tune, encouraging all the cats to learn to jig. They join together and achieve status and respect for who they are. In the end, they create a new jig called the Red River Cat Dance. This story is written in a complete rhyming pattern, enjoyable for children of all ages.
$10.95

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Which Way Should I Go?
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Tsartlip;

In 2009, Which Way Should I Go? was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

Joey is a happy Nuu-chah-nulth boy, eager to help and quick to see the bright side of things. But when he loses his beloved grandmother, the sun goes out in his world. Fortunately, she has left something of herself behind, a song, which keeps knocking on Joey's heart, and a dance, which urges him to get up on his feet and choose again. Choosing was what their song was about, and Grandma's lessons prove strong indeed. Joey chooses to remember Grandma with joy and to take up his daily life again with a spring in his step.

$10.95

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Yamozha and His Beaver Wife
Authors:
Vital Thomas
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib);
Yamozha and His Beaver Wife is a story based upon an oral legend of the Dene people. Yamozha stories entertain but also teach and pass on knowledge. In this legend, Yamozha forgets his promise to his wife and as a result she turns into a giant beaver. He chases her all over Denedeh but is unable to catch her. This story tells of how this great medicine man shaped the land in the Dogrib region and surrounding areas into what it is today. Included in this book is a multimedia CD-ROM
$25.95

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Chuck in the City
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

Follow the adventures of Chuck as he gets lost on his first trip to the big city. Chuck encounters stray dogs and alley cats, kids on skateboards and rollerblades, and tall office towers. After realizing he is lost, Chuck relies on what he has learned to find his way back to his kookum's (grandmother's) condo.

Chuck in the City is Jordan Wheeler's second book for children. The award-winning Cree author and scriptwriter previously introduced young readers to Chuck in Just a Walk. Wheeler writes in a rhyming style that will capture and hold a child's attention.

Series Information
This is the second book in the Chuck series.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

$10.95

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Just a Walk
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree;

In Just a Walk, a young boy named Chuck goes for a simple walk that turns into a day of crazy adventure. Chuck encounters animals, fish and birds that lead him on a wild journey through their various habitats.

Jordan Wheeler's whimsical rhyming will capture the young readers attention and Chuck's hilarious predicaments will keep all ages laughing for more.

Written to excite the young readers and to leave a smile on their faces.

Educator Information
Just a Walk is an adaptation of a popular oral presentation that children's scriptwriter developed as an interactive performance for children.

Although not expressed explicitly in the story, Chuck is a young Cree boy, as made evident in Wheeler's first book about him, Chuck in the City.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

$10.95

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My Elders Tell Me
Authors:
Marion Wright
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Kwakwaka'wakw;
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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Racin' Jason
Authors:
Elaine J. Wagner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis; Ojibway;
After helping his Mishoomis (Grandfather) save an orphaned Appaloosa colt from a bog, Jason takes a special interest in caring for it which he names Binesi or Thunderbird. At school, the bullies make fun of his affection for the funnylooking colt he hopes to race one day. They laugh and call him Racin Jason.With support from his Grandparents, Jason raises and trains Binesi. On the day of the big race, Jason and Binesi are ready. The teasing only makes Jason more determined than ever to win.
$12.95

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Catching Spring
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Tsartlip;

The year is 1957, and Bobby lives on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve on Vancouver Island where his family has lived for generations and generations. He loves his weekend job at the nearby marina. He loves to play marbles with his friends. And he loves being able to give half his weekly earnings to his mother to eke out the grocery money, but he longs to enter the up-coming fishing derby. With the help of his uncle and Dan from the marina his wish just might come true.

Educator Information
Themes: contest, family, fishing, Indigenous.

Series Information
This book is part of the Orca Young Readers series, which are award-winning, bestselling chapter books for ages 8–11. Titles in this series include historical and contemporary stories with age-appropriate plots.

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128 pages | 5.00" x 7.50"

$7.95

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Murphy and Mousetrap
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

Murphy's mother has just moved him and their cat, Mousetrap, back to the reserve in Port Alberni. Although he belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Murphy is sure that he won't fit in, and he worries about Mousetrap, who has always been an indoor cat. When a bunch of local boys drag him to their soccer practice, put him in goal and pelt him with balls, he believes that his worst fear has come true. However, he seems to be discovering a new talent at the same time. And perhaps he has misjudged. Being a light-skinned city boy thrust onto a reserve far from the city is not easy, but maybe Murphy has what it takes.

Series Information
This book is part of the Orca Young Readers series, which are award-winning, bestselling chapter books for ages 8–11. Titles in this series include historical and contemporary stories with age-appropriate plots.

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128 pages | 5.00" x 7.50"

 

$7.95

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Christmas At Wapos Bay
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree;
At Christmas time in Saskatchewan, three Cree kids visit their Moshum's (grandfather's) cabin to learn about traditional ways and experience a life-changing adventure. The kids decide to help prepare by going hunting, but they don't understand how unprepared they are or what danger they're in. The experience helps them to grow in skill and understanding and to become more mature.

$8.95

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Dancing in My Bones
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Dancing in My Bones, the sequel to the highly successful book Fiddle Dancer, returns us to the story of a young Metis boy named Nolin as he continues to discover his Metis heritage. Lovingly written by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton and vividly illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Dancing in My Bones will take you on a journey to discover Moushoom's first moose hunt, red lipstick kisses, Uncle Bunny's fiddling, and the return of the "Bannock Jig." But most importantly, by the end of the story, you might feel like you have dancing in your bones!

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

Educator Information
The trilogy is composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the FiddleDancing in My Bones is the second book in the trilogy.

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

$15.00

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Fiddle Dancer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Fiddle Dancer tells the tale of a young Metis boy, Nolin, and his growing awareness of his Metis heritage and identity while his "Moushoom," or grandfather, teaches him to dance. Authors Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton masterfully weave a childhood story rich in Metis culture and language. This delightful story captures the importance of Elders as role models, a child's apprehension at learning new things, and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Sherry Farrell Racette provides many beautiful illustrations for the book.

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

Educator Information
This is the first book in a trilogy composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the Fiddle.

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

$15.00

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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: First Nations; Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book. Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

An Elder once asked me if my spirit animal guardian was Bear. I must have looked somewhat confused because she went on to explain that Bear was the wise Elder, the teacher. She told me that Bear understood as well as any what to take from our mother Earth and how important it was to always put back that which we took. “You’ve been a teacher many years? Are you guided by Bear?” she asked. “YES!” I answered confidently. “Yes. In fact, my guardian is the Grizzly Bear” I smiled. 

Dear reader, you must understand that I have always been fascinated by the powerful giant, Bear. “If you want to be certain of this,” she said softly, “all you have to do is close your eyes before travelling to your dreamtime – close your eyes and picture your guardian. Thank it. Ask it for guidance. Try to see it. It will be there for you. It does not hide. It is proud to be part of who you are.” 

That night, I couldn’t wait to get to bed. I was very anxious to see my totem. I knew to be Bear. I closed my eyes and the first and only thing I saw was a big, goofy looking Raven staring straight at me. He looked ragged; one of his neck feathers was sticking off to the side. I spoke to him, respectfully. “Hello Raven. It is good to see you here in my dreamtime. However, I’d be grateful if you would just step over to the side – either side – just step aside please because Bear is trying to come into my vision and – just step aside a little – please. 

I fell asleep. The next day, I shared my story with the knowing Elder who didn’t hesitate to tell me that she wasn’t surprised to hear my story. She knew that I had succeeded in school in spite of the fact that I was a weak reader. She knew that I had done things in my life that could have been seen as being too much for me. She knew my wife and that I had to be very cunning indeed to have talked such a beautiful woman into marrying me. The lesson I learned from that Elder that day came to me through the last words she spoke to me. “David, surely you know that you are not Bear. You are Raven.”

Reviews
"I Am Raven represents another chapter in the Canadian children’s literature depiction of the First Nation experience in Canada. What’s more, however, is that the text is so well written and the illustrations so well crafted that I Am Raven is not presented in any sort of an exclusionary manner. Rather, the notion of totems and “animal spirit guardians” is presented as an idea for everyone, regardless of their cultural identity. The author, David Bouchard, is Métis, and the illustrator, Andy Everson, has K'omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations ancestry. The author and illustrator’s evident pride in their ancestry contributes to a powerful, engaging, fascinating and, simply, lovely book for readers young and old." - Gregory Bryan, CM Magazine 

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32 pages

$19.95

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Dream Catcher
Authors:
Stella Calahasen
Format: Paperback
When nightmares start troubling her, young Marin goes to her grandmother’s home to see an Elder. After visiting with the Elder Maskwa, Marin better understands her dreams and the importance of ritual, respect and connection to the Great Spirit, Kici Manitow. With the help of her family, Marin makes a dream catcher. It helps her appreciate herself and her connection to the land and the creatures around her.
$14.95

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My Name is Seepeetza
Authors:
Shirley Sterling
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Interior Salish;
Told in diary form, this autobiographical novel about a sixth-grade Native girl tells of her heartbreak at the terrible conditions at her school where she is persecuted because of her race.
$10.95

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People of the Land Legends of the Four Host First Nations
Authors:
Various Authors
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Lil'wat;
Contributions by: Aaron Nelson-Moody, Debbie Sparrow, Deborah Jacobs, Gary Fiegehen, Johnny Abraham, and Zach George

The sacred legends of the four host First Nations, the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, have been passed down from generation to generation through the Elders and are integral to the teachings and oral traditions of First Nations peoples. These stories link people to the land and to each other and pass on traditional knowledge and history. For the first time, these sacred teachings are collected in an anthology of stories willingly shared by the respected storytellers of each nation. These legends,which range from creation stories to naming stories,add to our knowledge of ourselves and each other.

Four maps accompany numerous photos of the lands of the Lil'Wat, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish nations. In addition, works of art by four First Nations artists, Johnny Abraham, Glenn George, Zach George and Aaron Nelson-Moody, appear in this collection. The art, which is beautifully rendered in wood, acrylic, and oil, captures the ancestral voices of these legends and pays tribute to each nation.
$36.95

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Spirit of the White Bison
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis; Ojibway;
A young bison growing up on the plains in the late 1800s faces peril at the hands of soldiers, who are destroying the great buffalo herds as a way to control native tribes. He is befriended by a native warrior and a white hunter who try to save him and his herd from annihilation.
$17.00

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Goodbye Buffalo Bay
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree;

Drama and humour combine in Goodbye Buffalo Bay by award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie. The sequel to the award-winning book As Long as the Rivers Flow. Goodbye Buffalo Bay is set during the author's teenaged years. In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather's gentle guidance helps him find his way. New adventures arise; Lawrence fights a terrifying forest fire, makes his first non-Native friends, stands up for himself in the harsh conditions of a sawmill, meets his first sweetheart and fulfills his dream of living in the mountains. Wearing new ice skates bought with his hard-won wages, Lawrence discovers a sense of freedom and self-esteem. Goodbye Buffalo Bay explores the themes of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, the difference between anger and assertiveness and the realization of youthful dreams.

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160 pages | 4.90" x 7.36"

$16.95

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Counting on Hope
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Coast Salish; Lamalcha; Tsartlip;
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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We-gyet Wanders On
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Gitxsan;
The legends collected here are the ancient stories of the people of "Ksan who have lived in northern British Columbia for over six thousand years. We-Gyet is the essence of every man's frailties exaggerated into gentle humour or ribald laughter. His adventures always end in disaster. His blunders and tricks changed the face of the earth, and many of earth's creatures. We-Gyet was a creator - by accident!
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Chiwid
Authors:
Sage Birchwater
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Tsilhqot'in;

Chiwid was a Tsilhqot'in woman, said to have shamanistic powers, who spent most of her adult life "living out" in the hills and forests around Williams Lake, BC. Chiwid is the story of this remarkable woman told in the vibrant voices of Chilcotin oldtimers, both native and non-native.

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"Chiwid was a Chilcotin woman who lived outside, self-sufficiently for most of her life and moving camps with the seasons. Chiwid is a collection of oral histories about the woman, her family and what life was like in the Chilcotin area of British Columbia in the early to mid-1900s." - The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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128 pages | 8.00" x 9.00" 

$16.00

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No Time to Say Goodbye
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Tsartlip;
Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School
with Rita Morris and Ann Sam

No Time to Say Goodbye is a fictional account of five children sent to aboriginal boarding school, based on the recollections of a number of Tsartlip First Nations people. These unforgettable children are taken by government agents from Tsartlip Day School to live at Kuper Island Residential School. The five are isolated on the small island and life becomes regimented by the strict school routine. They experience the pain of homesickness and confusion while trying to adjust to a world completely different from their own. Their lives are no longer organized by fishing, hunting and family, but by bells, line-ups and chores. In spite of the harsh realities of the residential school, the children find adventure in escape, challenge in competition, and camaraderie with their fellow students.
$9.95

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