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Dipnetting With Dad
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

BUMP, BUMP - SLAP, river sockeye salmon are pulled onto shore!
Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, DIPNETTING WITH DAD is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation. In his first book, Williams Lake Indian Band member Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC's oldest cultures. Debut artist Kevin Easthope's contemporary and dynamic illustrations bring the characters to life as they jump off the page and pull you into their world.

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48 pages | 9.84" x 8.58"

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$19.95

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Four Winds
Format: Hardcover

A curious Qelmúcw (Person) from the Secwépemc Nation is learning about the world around him with the help of some of his relations. Sk̓elep (Coyote) and Tree guide Qelmúcw in understanding Cmesekst te Snewt (The Four Winds). 

This story reflects the reciprocal learning and understanding relationship between a human being and all life and elements (all our relations). It models and reflects the importance of First Peoples’ Principles of Learning: learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational; learning involves the consequence of one’s actions; learning is embedded in story; and learning involves patience and time. Learning from Indigenous stories can be different and personal every time a story is read or told, depending on context.
 
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This book integrates Secwépemc language and contains a pronunciation guide to assist the reader.
 
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32 Pages | 8.5 " x 11" | ISBN: 9781771744478

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$16.95

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Hockey with Dad
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

She shoots, she scores!

When the team goalie gets injured, Little Brother excitedly steps onto the ice to play in the Championship game. He always wanted to be part of the lineup, where Big Sister is the ace forward. The closer the game gets though, the more nervous he becomes. Can he make his family proud with their long history of playing hockey? He must rely on the wisdom of Grandpa, Dad, Big Sister, and the Secwepemc cultural values they impart. “Play hard, be fierce, but more importantly, play because you love it.”

Hockey with Dad is the highly anticipated follow-up to Willie Sellars’ award-winning Dipnetting with Dad. In his second book, Sellars continues the adventures of Little Brother as he grows and learns about the importance of hockey to his Secwepemc community. Dynamic illustrations by St. John’s, Mi’kmaq artist Nelson White bring the action to life.

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32 pages | 9.50" x 8.50"

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$19.95

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Jimmy Tames Horses
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Jimmy Tames Horses is a story about a little boy from the city who is trying to fit in with his cousins who have always lived on the Kamloops Indian Reserve and his feelings of being left out.

Throughout the course of a summer Jimmy works with a colt, overcoming initial fears and eventually becomes a famous horse tamer.

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16 pages | 8.00" x 5.00"

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$15.00

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at school her bright orange shirt was taken away. This is both Phyllis Webstad's true story and the story behind Orange Shirt Day which is a day for us all to reflect upon the treatment of First Nations people and the message that 'Every Child Matters'.

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt is an adaptation of The Orange Shirt Story which was the best selling children's book in Canada for several weeks in September 2018. This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statutory holiday.  A page of information about this day is included at the end of the book.

Adapted for ages 4-6.

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30 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

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$11.95

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Powwow Dancing With Family
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Drumming, singing, and dancing are all part of being at a Powwow. Perry and his family travel all over North America to participate in these family and community gatherings. Join Perry’s two boys as they share their treasured memories of being at Powwows with their family and learning how to dance.

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"This engaging Canadian picture book shares the perspectives of the author and his two eldest sons—who participate in modern powwow dancing—on the powwow and its role as a celebration and tradition in Indigenous culture. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, vivid sketches, and ledger art, it provides a detailed description of each stage of the powwow, historical and contemporary aspects of the powwow, and pays homage to Indigenous culture and customs. This informative resource will support studies of Indigenous culture, history, traditions, community, art, and family lifestyle. Additional educational pages provide further information on powwows, traditional regalia, and dances." -ERAC Review, May 2019

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Includes three pages of educational material on Powwows with information found under these headings:

  • What is a Powwow?
  • Powwow Regalia
  • Powwow Dances

About Perry Smith's Ledger Art:
Ledger Art is an art form that was developed in the mid 1800s to early 1900s by the Plains First Nations during a time when reserves were being established across North America. The ledger books were acquired in trade, war, or raid. New art supplies were also introduced: coloured pencils, crayons, and occasionally water paints. The new supplies were favoured by artists over the traditional bone and stick brushes. Many of the artworks within these ledger books display a traditional way of life, before assimilation. Today these artworks are greatly valued for the historical perspective that they offer.

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32 pages | 8" x 8" | ISBN: 9781771743310 | Hardcover 

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$16.95

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