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Peace Dancer
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

The children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings down a powerful storm.

The rain floods the Earth and villagers have no choice but to abandon their homes and flee to their canoes. As the seas rise, the villagers tie themselves to the top of Anchor Mountain, where they pray for days on end and promise to teach their children to value all life. The storm stops and the waters recede. From that point on, the villagers appoint a chief to perform the Peace Dance at every potlatch and, with it, pass on the story of the flood and the importance of respect.

With eighteen new illustrations from Roy Henry Vickers and exceptional narrative, Peace Dancer will delight readers of all ages and add to the collection of global flood stories.

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"Parents and teachers will enjoy sharing Peace Dancer with children. Highly recommended." — Dr. Gregory Bryan, CM Magazine, October 2016 

 
Series Information
This book is part of the Northwest Coast Legends series.

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40 pages | 12.00" x 8.25"

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$19.95

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Secret of the Dance
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

"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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$10.95

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Strong Readers Set A: A Circle of Friends (L7)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 7 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: There are many things that we do with friends and family. What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

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This book is part of the Strong Readers: Set A series. Set A includes a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction books, from levels 1 through 10, based on the appearance, behaviours, and habitats of frog, bear, eagle, and raven. The fictional stories are about frog, bear, eagle, and raven with their friends in their respective habitats.

The Strong Readers are a guided/leveled reading series that are chock full of science, numeracy, social responsibility, language arts and oral language teachings. These books are rich with scaffolded text features and have beautiful illustrations and photographs. The entire series is interconnected and follows the cultural values of frog, bear, eagle and raven throughout.

Guided Reading Level: 7

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Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in | Pages: 16 | ISBN: 9781927571187

 

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Strong Readers Set A: A Circle of Friends (L7) 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 7 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: There are many things that we do with friends and family. What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Strong Readers: Set A series. Set A includes a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction books, from levels 1 through 10, based on the appearance, behaviours, and habitats of frog, bear, eagle, and raven. The fictional stories are about frog, bear, eagle, and raven with their friends in their respective habitats.

The Strong Readers are a guided/leveled reading series that are chock full of science, numeracy, social responsibility, language arts and oral language teachings. These books are rich with scaffolded text features and have beautiful illustrations and photographs. The entire series is interconnected and follows the cultural values of frog, bear, eagle and raven throughout.

Guided Reading Level: 7

This 6-pack includes 6 copies of A Circle of Friends.

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Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in | Pages: 16 | ISBN: 9781927571583 | 6-Pack

 

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) people have many sacred ceremonies to protect, nurture, and uplift their spirits. A potlatch is a time for ceremony and community. What kinds of community gatherings and ceremonies do you participate in?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

 

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) people have many sacred ceremonies to protect, nurture, and uplift their spirits. A potlatch is a time for ceremony and community. What kinds of community gatherings and ceremonies do you participate in?

Educator & Series Information
There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

 

 

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: Button Blankets
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

One type of regalia that is worn by the Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) is the button blanket. The blanket is often worn by women during a potlatch or other sacred ceremonies. Have you ever worn any regalia at a special ceremony?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

Button Blankets is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

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$8.50

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: Button Blankets 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

One type of regalia that is worn by the Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) is the button blanket. The blanket is often worn by women during a potlatch or other sacred ceremonies. Have you ever worn any regalia at a special ceremony?

Educator Information
There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

Button Blankets is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

 

 

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$51.00

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: Planning a Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) potlatch ceremonies are sacred. There are many ceremonies that help us to stay connected with our identity and culture. What do you do in your community to stay connected to your culture?

Educator & Series Information
Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

Planning a Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

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$8.50

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Strong Stories Kwakwaka’wakw: Planning a Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

Kwakwaka’wakw (kwok-wok-ya-wokw) potlatch ceremonies are sacred. There are many ceremonies that help us to stay connected with our identity and culture. What do you do in your community to stay connected to your culture?

Educator & Series Information
There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

Planning a Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch is part of the Strong Stories: Kwakwaka’wakw series. Strong Stories focus on different First Nation territories from across Canada and the United States. These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.

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$51.00

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Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

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.

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$21.95

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