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

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Hong Kong Story Totems
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In 2012, Bill Helin traveled to Hong Kong to work with a school to carve two totem poles. One pole is about the Chinese culture and the other reflects his Tlingit culture. This book describes the poles and the process of carving them over a period of three months.

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Kanyen’kehà:ka Clans
Traditional Territory: Kanyen'kehà:ka
Format: Paperback
  • The Kanyen’kehà:ka (Gan-yeh-ga-ha-ga) people each belong to a clan. A clan is like a large family. There are nine clans, each one named after an animal or bird. This Kanyen'kehà:ka story is about connecting and belonging to your family and the world around us. The Kanyen'kehà:ka is one of Six Nations that together are the Haudenosaunee.

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Making a Canoe
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • Bill Helin is a Tlingit artist, carver and storyteller. In this book, he describes the step-by-step process of making his first cedar dugout canoe. From searching for the right tree in the forest to paddling the finished canoe for the first time, each step is clearly described and illustrated.

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Making a Drum
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In this book, Bill Helin explains the importance of songs and drumming to the culture and history of the Tlingit people. He also describes the process that he went through to make his first drum. An illustrated series of directions and a supply list will give the reader a clear understanding of the drum maker’s craft.

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

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

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

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The Game
Traditional Territory: Kanyen'kehà:ka
Format: Paperback
  • The animals and the birds are getting ready for a game of lacrosse. Bat would love to play but neither team wants him because he is different than them. This Kanyen'kehà:ka (Gan-yeh-ga-ha-ga) story is about how we all have a special talent that we must respect in others. The book also includes information about lacrosse. The Kanyen'kehà:ka is one of Six Nations that together are the Haudenosaunee.

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The Three Sisters
Traditional Territory: Kanyen'kehà:ka
Format: Paperback
  • A long time ago, the land was very dry and no plants could grow. The people had become very hungry. The Creator heard the people and made three plants - Corn, Beans and Squash. This Kanyen'kehà:ka (Gan-yeh-ga-ha-ga) story is about how the Three Sisters saved the people then, and are still feeding people today! The Kanyen'kehà:ka is one of Six Nations that together are the Haudenosaunee.

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Tlingit Fishing
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • Bill Helin grew up in a family of fisherman. In this book he describes some of the traditional Tlingit fishing tools and methods. Herring, salmon, halibut, cod, red snapper and oolichan are some of the fish that are described in this book and that Bill’s family is thankful for.

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Tlingit Storytellers
Author: Bill Helin
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Paperback
  • In this book, Bill Helin explains the importance of stories and storytellers to the culture and history of the Tlingit people. Often using animals of the forest and ocean as characters, the storytellers wove teachings of survival, respect and family life into the fabric of their stories.

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Two Row Wampum
Traditional Territory: Kanyen'kehà:ka
Format: Paperback
  • Wampum Belts record and remind us of important events and agreements through patterns and colours. Each belt tells its own story. This Kanyen'kehà:ka (Gan-yeh-ga-ha-ga) story is about the Two Row Wampum. The Kanyen'kehà:ka is one of Six Nations that together are the Haudenosaunee.

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