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Grandmother's Stories How the Earth and Sky Began
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Daniel Auger's grandmother was the greatest storyteller he ever knew. In her soft voice, she spoke of heroes and giants, of evil deeds and mysterious spirits. Born on a Canadian reserve and educated at an Indian residential school, she was intensely curious about the old ways. In her quest to find out who we are and where we came from, she collected stories from her home community and from her journeys to powwows, sweats, potlatches and family events across Canada and the Northwest US. This collection of 38 Native myths is a timeless window onto a world when the People were first created:

* Mi'kmaq--The Sun created the Earth and the people on it, but when they began to kill one another, the Sun wept until the entire world drowned. Only one woman and an old man survived, who repopulated the Earth.

* Blackfoot--Water once covered the world, and the Creator sent Muskrat to the bottom of the Ocean to see what was there. Muskrat returned with a ball of mud, which the Creator transformed in the Earth and all living things on it.

* Huron-- In a world that existed before our own, people lived in great longhouses in the sky around a beautiful celestial tree. One day a man uprooted the tree, and when his wife looked into the hole she fell down below to the world we know today.

* Algonquin--In the very beginning of time there were two brothers, Gluskap and Malsum. Gluskap created humans, and the plants and animals they needed to survive. Jealous of his brother, Malsum tried to kill Gluskap, but Gluskap used his own magic to be reborn. He then struck down his evil brother into the earth, and Malsum was reborn as a wolf.

* Haida--The trickster Raven opened a giant clamshell he found washed upon the beach, and when he opened it, out popped tiny human beings.

* Siksika--Old Man came from the south and made the world as he walked along. One day he made a man and a woman out of clay, and Old Man taught them how to survive in the world he created.

224 pages, suitable for adult readers only

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In the Beginning, There was the First World
Jim Gilbert
Speck. Wedlidi
Format: Paperback
This 16-page booklet has a beautifully illustrated Pacific Northwest Coast creation story and 20 designs from the four major Native Indian art style areas comparing the differences and similarities.


Napi: The Trickster
Hugh A. Dempsey
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi);

An enthralling collection of traditional Blackfoot stories revealing the frailty of mankind and the enduring power of narrative.

Napi, the Old Man of the Blackfoot Nation, appears prominently in mythology, sometimes as a quasi-Creator, sometimes a fool, and sometimes a brutal murderer. Although Napi is given credit for creating many of the objects and creatures on Earth, and indeed the Earth itself, the Blackfoot do not consider him to be god-like. Napi stories tell of this mythical figure creating the world and everything in it, but getting into trouble when he starts tinkering with his own creation. Perhaps for this reason, anthropologists have labelled him a trickster/creator.

For thousands of years, people have gathered around the campfire and listened to stories of how Napi blundered and schemed his way through Blackfoot country. They laugh at how Napi was outwitted by a lame fox, how he tried to fly with the geese only to look down when he was told not to and fell to the earth. He makes a perfect subject for telling, listening, and enjoying—and for teaching.

Hugh Dempsey, venerable historian and strong ally of the Blackfoot Nation, has gathered together a number of Napi stories passed on through oral tradition, many recorded and analysed by outsiders, but used by permission of Blackfoot elders. These stories offer complex insight into an ancient and still-thriving culture through the figure of a flawed yet powerful creature—a mirror of humankind itself.

"By gathering together a sizeable collection of stories passed down through oral tradition, Dempsey and Koski offer insight into a venerable and still-thriving culture, as well as a piece of history to be kept and passed on to younger generations for years to come." — Vue Weekly

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144 pages | 6.00" x 9.00" 

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One Good Story, That One
Format: Paperback
Inspired by the native oral tradition, this book opens with a clever creation tale introducing the traditional native wily coyote. King blends native historical realities with contemporary life in an amusing parody of the biblical Garden of Eden story. Powerful characters, sharp dialogue and profound insights make this an unforgettable and entertaining read.


The Potawatomi: Our History, Our Story, Our Future
Mary Elliott
Format: Paperback
“Our story begins from long ago. We are the original people of this land. First and foremost we are Anishinabe, whether Ojibway, Odawa or Potawatomi. Our territory is all of the Great Lakes area. This is where the Creator meant for us to be.

Our true history tells us that we were a competent Nation, capable of making our own decisions; that we were entrusted with a great responsibility by the Creator for this land. Our history tells us that we were an economic force in our territory and a military power.”

The Potawatomi is a summary of the stories that Butch Elliott told about his people, the Potawatomi. It includes all of the important points, beginning with “who we are” and “where we come from”. Capturing this storytelling tradition keeps history interesting and alive for future generations. The purpose of this book is to create an understanding and awareness of the Potawatomi as a distinct people with an important history.

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