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Bearwalker
Artists:
Sally Wern Comport
Format: Paperback

Baron has always been fascinated by bears—their gentle strength and untamed power. But the Bearwalker legend, passed down by his Mohawk ancestors, tells of a different kind of creature—a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster.

The tale never seemed to be more than a scary story . . . until a class camping trip deep in the Adirondacks, when Baron comes face-to-face with an evil being that is all too real.

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“This fast-paced survival story is a great read for mystery fans, and it also addresses the delicate balance between humans and nature.”— School Library Journal (starred review)

“Bruchac spins a striking story, filled with interesting information about bears, chilling moments around the campfire, and life–or–death chase scenes. Readers will return again and again to this adventure tale.”— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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240 pages | 5.12" x 7.62"

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Children of the Longhouse
Format: Paperback

When Ohkwa'ri overhears a group of older boys planning a raid on a neighboring village, he immediately tells his Mohawk elders. He has done the right thing—but he has also made enemies. Grabber and his friends will do anything they can to hurt him, especially during the village-wide game of Tekwaarathon (lacrosse). Ohkwa'ri believes in the path of peace, but can peaceful ways work against Grabber's wrath?

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"An exciting story that also offers an in-depth look at Native American life centuries ago." —Kirkus Review

"Bruchac, who states in an afterword that his book is 'the result of a lifetime of learning from my Mohawk friends and neighbors,' eloquently conveys how democracy, respectand justice are integral components of the Native Americans' religion and government. Besides learning the origins of modern-day lacrosse and certain kinds of tool-making, readers will come away from this novel with a broadened awareness of a nearly vanished culture." — Publishers Weekly

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176 pages | 5.13" x 7.75"

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Eagle Song
Artists:
Dan Andreasen
Format: Paperback

A contemporary middle grade chapter book about confronting bullying and prejudice.

Danny Bigtree's family has moved to Brooklyn, New York, and he just can't seem to fit in at school. He's homesick for the Mohawk reservation, and the kids in his class tease him about being an Indian—the thing that makes Danny most proud. Can he find the courage to stand up for himself? Joseph Bruchac explores courage in the face of racism.

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“A worthy, well-written novella.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This appealing portrayal of a strong family offers an unromanticized view of Native American culture, and a history lesson about the Iroquois Confederacy; it also gives a subtle lesson in the meaning of daily courage.” —Publishers Weekly

"With so many Native American stories set in the misty past, it's great to read a children's book about an Iroquois boy who lives in the city now. Bruchac weaves together the traditional and the realistic as Danny's ironworker father tells stories of his people's history and heroes, stories that give Danny courage to confront his schoolyard enemies and make friends with them.” —Booklist

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96 pages | 5.13" x 7.81"

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Akwesasne Mohawk; Mohawk; Native American;

For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk parents have taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth. Also known as the Thanksgiving Address, this good morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift. The whole universe — from the highest stars to the tiniest blade of grass — is addressed as one great family.

Now readers of all ages can share in this tribute to the environment, adapted especially for children by Chief Jake Swamp, whose efforts to share this vision of thanksgiving take him all over the world. Chief Swamp's inspirational message, along with Erwin Printup, Jr.'s unforgettable landscapes, make Giving Thanks a timeless celebration of the spirit of nature.

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24 pages | 7.46" x 11.01"

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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
Artists:
David Shannon
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Mohawk;

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation.

Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution.

Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Together, Robertson and Shannon have crafted a new children’s classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages.

Includes a CD featuring a new, original song written and performed by Robbie Robertson.

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48 pages | 9.50" x 11.25"

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If You Lived with the Iroquois
Authors:
Ellen Levine
Artists:
Shelly Hehenberger
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois);

This book describes what life was like for the Iroquois hundreds of years ago.  By putting the reader in the empathetic position of posing the information as questions, the reader is drawn into the subject matter in a realistic and exciting way.  The reader discovers the rich culture of the Iroquois from their festivals, religion, education, work, and beliefs.

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Ages: 7-10
Guided Reading: Q

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80 pages | 9.03" x 7.45"

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Muskrat Will Be Swimming
Artists:
Robert Hymes
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Native American;

This is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today's children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.

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Recommended Grades: 3-6.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"

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The Mask That Sang
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A young girl discovers her Cayuga heritage when she finds a mask that sings to her. 

Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother, one who was never part of her life, one who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But with it comes more questions than answers: Why is her Mom so determined not to live there? Why was this relative kept so secret? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery and making connections she never dreamed she had.

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Turtles Race With Beaver
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Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story is a children's picture book by Abenaki father and son team, Joseph and James Bruchac. The storytellers explain that they have heard several variations of this tale and note that Aesop's version of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example. In this retelling the writers explain that this is a Seneca version taken from Arthur C. Parker's collection of Seneca legends. In this story, turtle lived in a pond that had everything she needed. As winter approached she prepared for winter as all turtles prepared. She buried herself in the bottom of the pond. When spring arrived Turtle swam and swam and finally she reached the surface. But something had changed. There was more water and no rocks for sunning and there was someone else in the pond. Turtle saw a Beaver in the pond and asked the Beaver what it was doing. The Beaver replied that this was his pond and asked the Turtle what she was doing. Turtle said there was enough room for both animals but Beaver challenged Turtle to a race and the loser would have to leave the pond. Turtle knew she was slower and couldn't defeat Beaver but she agreed. During the race Turtle used her wits and caught a ride by hanging on to Beaver's tail. At the finish line Turtle managed the win and an embarrassed Beaver left the pond. Turtle enjoyed her pond again and Beaver managed to find another pond close by. But there was another Turtle living in it but by then Beaver had learned the value of sharing. The colourful illustrations capture the spirit of the story and make this a great story for learning lessons about humility and sharing. A great read-aloud story for children from preschool to grade three. Guided Reading Level: J

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Walking Two Worlds
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This work of historical fiction is based on the true, inspiring story of the early education of Seneca leader Ely Parker. Hasanoanda was his Indian name, but in mission school he became “Ely.”

Despite the racism and deceit he faced, he never gave up his mission to receive an education that would enable him to aid the Seneca people in their quest to keep their land. As a young person, he learned how to live in the world of the white man, but never forgot his Seneca roots.

Also included is an afterword that highlights the careers and achievements of Ely Parker’s adult life.

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