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A Little Boy Catches a Whale
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

One late fall day, the boy told the old people that he was going fishing. When he returned home, he said that he had caught a whale.

Un matin, juste avant l’arrivée de l’hiver, le garçon dit à ses parents qu’il part à la pêche. Peu de temps après, il revient chez lui, tout heureux d’annoncer qu’il a pêché une baleine.

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This book is delivered in a triple-language format of English, French, and Mi'kmaq.

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$7.95

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An Aboriginal Carol
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Before the angels stars grew dim 
And wondering hunters heard their hymn 
One mystic flute - one hundred drums 
One message clear, "A King has come!" 
Not one had ever seen the like 
By light of day or moon of night 
Before the angels stars grew dim 
And wondering hunters heard this hymn. . . 


An Aboriginal Carol is the ultimate Aboriginal collaboration: 

  • Poetry by Metis poet David Bouchard. 
  • Paintings by First Nations artist Moses Beaver.
  • Music by Inuit performer Susan Aglukark. 

Best-selling Canadian author David Bouchard reworks Canada's oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. The art of Moses Beaver, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario (Nikinamik), resonates and awakens an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand the birth of Christ from an Aboriginal worldview. The pride of the north, Susan Aglukark, interprets, for the first time, the revered carol. 

Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada's Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan. Also available in French and Inuktituk. An Aboriginal Carol is certain to become a classic.

Awards

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

 

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$24.95

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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"

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$12.95

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Découvre l'agriculture
Authors:
Diane Groulx
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois);

Agriculture to Discover (French and English)

Okwari, a young Iroquois from a time long ago, shares his knowledge of agriculture with Max and Alex. He tells them about the three sisters who were essential to the survival of his nation.

Okwari, un jeune Iroquoien d’une lointaine époque, partage ses connaissances de l’agriculture avec Max et Alex. Il leur parle des trois sœurs, indispensables à la survie de son peuple.

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Gray Wolf's Search
Authors:
Bruce Swanson
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Alaska Native; Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Young Gray Wolf lives on the Pacific Northwest coast with the other members of the Wolf Clan. His uncle, the clan shaman, tells Gray Wolf that his future success depends on completing an important task--he must find a very important person and get to know him well. Gray Wolf enlists the help of his brothers and sisters in the woods and waters--Eagle, Bear, Whale, Beaver, Owl and Wolf. When he returns to his clan, older and wiser, he takes the talking stick from his uncle and shares his new wisdom.

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24 pages | 12.31" x 9.30"

Please Note: This book is listed as containing Authentic Indigenous Artwork, as the artist, Gary Peterson, was adopted into the Kaach.adi Clan and named Walking Raven.  It is up to readers to determine whether this book contains authentic artwork for their purposes.

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$18.95

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How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: T???ch? (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.

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

English translation by Mary Siemens & Rosa Mantla.

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32 pages | 10.24" x 8.30"

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$22.95

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How the Fox Saved the People
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: T???ch? (Dogrib);

Hunger strikes the people, and Raven is mysteriously happy. Fox decides to find out why. Follow Fox as he uses his cunning skills to solve the mystery.

Includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. An orthography chart is included.

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

English Translation by Mary Siemens & Rosa Mantla 

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56 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

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$26.95

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

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$19.95

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If You're Not from the Prairie...
Artists:
Henry Ripplinger
Format: Paperback

Award-winning poet David Bouchard offers words that remind the reader of the power of the wind, the sweep of the sky, and adventures on a cold prairie night. Henry Ripplinger's stunning paintings are treasures for the mind and the heart.

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"If you're from the prairie or not it doesn't matter: this evocative book will take your breath away. David Bouchard has created a series of verses about life on the prairie that are simple, lyrical and exquisite. Henry Ripplinger's brush matches the cadence of the poetry stroke for stroke. This is a book that is hard to put down and easy to return to. Is it an adult book masquerading as a children's book? It is the author's and illustrator's loving look back to their home, but it transcends age and time and place. A child will be drawn in by the poetry's ingenious metaphors and the pictures' panoramic rural scenes. The prairie landscape is realistically painted with a magical glow that distance in time allows the painter. An adult will hear the nostalgic echoes of childhood. Adult or child--one's eyes will be lost in the expanse of the prairie and one's ears will reverberate with the melodic rhymes." - Theo Hersh, CM Magazine

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Ages: 6+

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32 pages | 10.34" x 9.36"

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$19.95

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Long Powwow Nights
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Indigenous American;

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

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

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

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

Awards

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

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

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

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

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32 pages | 10.25" x 8.00

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$24.95

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Morning On The Lake
Artists:
Karen Reczuch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

A young boy and his grandfather set out in a birchbark canoe early one spring morning. Under the patient and gentle guidance of his grandfather, the boy gradually comes to respect the ways of nature and to understand his own place in the world.

In the first of three linked stories, a young boy and his grandfather set out in a birchbark canoe early one spring morning. Together, they discover the peaceful beauty of the lake. In the second story, the sun rises high in the summer sky as they climb a rocky cliff for a bird's-eye view of the land. And, finally, as an autumn night descends, they venture into the woods. Under the patient and gentle guidance of his grandfather, the boy gradually comes to respect the ways of nature and to understand his own place in the world.

Reviews
"Filled with lessons of love and respect for Mother Earth, this book is packed with many Ojibway cultural references for young readers. Noshen and his grandfather, Mishomis, set off in a birchbark canoe, climb a mountain and stand off a pack of wolves - all in one day. Noshen learns that he is brother to the wolves and need not be afraid of any animal he meets in the woods. Karen Reczuch's illustrations of many culturally-relevant objects like beadwork designs and Mishomis' moccasins make this book something to be treasured." —Aboriginal Voices

"From the first words of Morning on the Lake, it's evident the author has an abundance of love and respect for the force of nature in all its magnificence. And, as we follow the young native protagonist and his grandfather, the call of the wild sounds ever more clear. Early one morning, the boy and his grandfather set off in their canoe and are rewarded with a rare glimpse of a family of loons. Later that day, they climb to the top of a hill and have an encounter with a bald eagle. And in the still night, the boy comes face to face with a pack of wolves. In this boy's traditional world, nature is given very human qualities which can set the heart a-thumping as well as soothe the spirit. Karen Reczuch's tranquil illustrations lovingly portray the relationship between man and his surroundings." —Children's Book News

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32 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

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Nine Micmac Legends
Authors:
Alden Nowlan
Format: Paperback
This is a retelling of some of the best-known Mi''kmaq legends, including the Star Brides, The Invisible Boy, and the Snow Vampire. Alden Nowlan''s artful storytelling is accompanied by stunning line drawings by renowned First Nation artist Shirley Bear. First published in 1983, this book continues to be a cherished Canadian classic
$9.95

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Nokum is My Teacher
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Cree;

Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children''s Book of the Year 2007

Moonbeam Children''s Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist
- Multicultural Picture Book Category

Alberta Children''s Book of the Year nominee 2007

Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

Will you walk with me, Grandmother?
Will you talk with me a while?
I'm finding life confusing
And I'm looking for some answers
To questions all around me
At that school and on the street.
You have always been here for me
Will you help me learn to see?

Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.

Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General''s Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta''s Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the ''Native American music album'' category.

Nokum Is My Teacher is also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur.

This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.

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$24.95

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Seven Sacred Teachings: Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The Seven Sacred Teachings is a message of
traditional values and hope for the future.
The Teachings are universal to most First
Nation peoples. These Teachings are seen in
school communities from coast to coast across
North America. They are a link that ties all Native, Inuit and Metis communities together.

The seven teachings include: respect, humility, love, truth, honesty, wisdom and courage. The stories in the book provide an example of how each teaching came to be.

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$24.95

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SkySisters
Format: Paperback
In 2005, SkySisters was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3-Earth and Life Science

Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits midnight dance. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After
an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits - the Northern Lights - dancing and shimmering in the night sky. This powerful story, with its stunning illustrations, captures the chill of a northern night, the warmth of the family circle and the radiance of a child's wonder.

$8.95

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