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Chickadee
Author: Louise Erdrich
Format: Paperback
  • Continuing the series that began with The Birchbark House, The Game of Silence and The Porcupine Year, Chickadee follows a brand new character, Omakayas’s grandson Chickadee.

    It’s 1866 and just like the bird that is his namesake, Chickadee is small and clever. When Chickadee’s twin brother pranks Shigaag, the tribe’s ne’er-do-well, Shigaag’s unruly, bumbling sons kidnap Chickadee as revenge. He’s taken farther from home than he’s ever been. But Chickadee is not afraid because he remembers the saying his grandmother taught him: small things have great power. To find his way back to his home and his family, Chickadee must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships and set out on the most exciting and dangerous journey he’s ever taken.

    This story of Chickadee and his family is based on Louise Erdrich’s own family history.

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First Nations Ceremonies
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • First Nations Ceremonies explores various Anishinaabe teachings that have been handed down from Elders, encouraging mino-pimaatisiwin, the good life. These practices are still used today, crossing time from the past to the future.

    24 pages

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I Am Not a Number
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Hardcover
  • When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
Author: Danielle Daniel
Format: Paperback
  • In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

    In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.

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The Birchbark House
Author: Louise Erdrich
Format: Paperback
  • Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. It is 1850 and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows.

    Satisfying routines of Omakayas's days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west. Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.

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The Game of Silence
Author: Louise Erdrich
Format: Paperback
  • Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior.It is 1850, and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows.

    The satisfying routines of Omakayas's days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west. Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.

    In this captivating sequel to National Book Award nominee The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas and her family.

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The Porcupine Year
Author: Louise Erdrich
Format: Paperback
  • Here follows the story of a most extraordinary year in the life of an Ojibwe family and of a girl named "Omakayas," or Little Frog, who lived a year of flight and adventure, pain and joy, in 1852.

    When Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey. They travel by canoe westward from the shores of Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, in search of a new home. While the family has prepared well, unexpected danger, enemies, and hardships will push them to the brink of survival. Omakayas continues to learn from the land and the spirits around her, and she discovers that no matter where she is, or how she is living, she has the one thing she needs to carry her through.

    Richly imagined, full of laughter and sorrow, The Porcupine Year continues Louise Erdrich's celebrated series, which began with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist, and continued with The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

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Treaty Tales: The Friendship
Author: Betty Lynxleg
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Hardcover
  • This beautifully illustrated children’s book is the second instalment of Treaty Tales, an original trilogy that makes learning about the treaties and their history fun and engaging.

    When Neepin visits her kookoo to make homemade bannock, she learns about an important friendship that started a long time ago and still lasts today.

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Treaty Tales: The Handshake and the Pipe
Author: Betty Lynxleg
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Hardcover
  • This beautiful children’s book is the first of instalment of Treaty Tales, an original trilogy that makes learning about the treaties and their history fun and engaging.

    Journey with Neepin and her kookoo around their home reserve of Lynx Creek First Nation. Learn the story of their people and the importance of respect and honouring agreements.

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Treaty Tales: We Are All Treaty People
Author: Betty Lynxleg
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Hardcover
  • This beautifully illustrated children’s book is the third and final instalment of Treaty Tales, an original trilogy that makes learning about the treaties and their history fun and engaging.

    Join Neepin and her kookoo around the campfire in We Are All Treaty People, and hear a story about the modern-day significance of the treaties for all those living in Canada. Maybe even become inspired, like Neepin, to take up the First Nations storytelling tradition.

$14.95

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