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A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

    Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

    Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

    Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

    Other clever inventions and innovations include:

    * Diapers
    * Asphalt
    * Megaphones
    * Hair conditioner
    * Surgical knives
    * Sunscreen.

    With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.

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Anywhere Stories
Author: Leo Sawicki
Format: Paperback
  • BY THE AUTHOR OF THE VERY SUCCESSFUL Anytime Stories, this new collection of short stories is drawn from many tribes, customs and ceremonies of the North American indian. The purpose of these stories is to heighten our consciousness of how they are told; to do this Leo Sawicki shows us their origins, their applications, and how audiences might relate to them.

    The stories also provide us with objects of symbolism to ignite our imaginations, including an origami orb, a mystic warrior's shield, paper-mâché masks of endangered species, a medicine wheel, reports and observations on plants, and our relationship with the Earth.

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Byron Through the Seasons
Author: Dene Children
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1- Earth and Space Science

    Favored selection by the Canadian Childrens Book Centre, Byron Through the Seasons A Dene-English Story Book recalls early aspects of Dene lifestyle, from tanning and medicine to camping and food preservation.

$10.95

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Canadian Heroes
Author: Maxine Trottier
Format: Paperback
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Environmentalists from our First Nations
Format: Paperback
  • Like the other books in the First Nations Series for Young Readers, this books offers ten short and engaging biographies of First Nations/Native activists who advocate not only for the environment but for Native rights. Their stories are full of highs and lows, triumphs and setbacks. Environmental trailblazers, these men and women are role models for children everywhere.

    The men and women profiled here are united by their work to protect the environment and to support indigenous rights. Their stories take us from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the Black Mesa in Arizona.

    Melina Laboucan-Massimo uses her passion to stop oil extraction in Alberta’s tar sands.
    Winona LaDuke is a voice for reclaiming Native lands, advocating renewable energy resources, and protecting Native cultures.
    Clayton Thomas-Muller is a dynamic advocate for indigenous self-determination and campaigner against tar sands extraction.
    Ben Powless brings his youthful energy and skills to addressing climate change issues.
    Tom Goldtooth protects sacred sites and organizes global direct-action campaigns for the environment.
    Grace Thorpe is a grandmother who dedicated her retirement years to keeping Native reservations from becoming nuclear waste dumps.
    Sarah James is a voice from northern Alaska defending the Porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
    Enei Begaye & Evon Peter are married activists who work as a team on environmental issues and sustainable strategies for Native people.
    Klee Benally uses the media to empower Native communities in their fight for environmental justice.
    Teague Allston works to ensure a tribal voice is heard in Washington DC.

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First Nations Technology
Author: Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
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From Time Immemorial: The First Peoples of the Northwest Coast
Author: Diane Silvey
Format: Paperback
  • From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment.

    This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

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Grandma's Special Feeling
Author: Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
  • Whenever Grandma gets that “special feeling,” the children know they're about to pile into the van, “get out into nature,” and get a lesson about how First Nations peoples used to live in the old days; and Grandma knows that the children need to be able to experience what she wants to talk to them about. As she passes on this knowledge to the children, she also passes on cultural history about how respect was and continues to be shown to the plants—how they are acknowledged for their contributions and assured they will not be over-harvested.

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How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat
Author: Michael Isaac
Format: Paperback
  • The story of Ajig the cougar, who is trapped between
    two worlds, A symbol of the assimilation of First Nations through enforced Western education systems.

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Keepers of the Earth: Native Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
Traditional Territory: Abenaki, Akwesasne Mohawk
Format: Paperback
  • Native American stores combine with related hands-on activities to inspire children with a deep respect and interest in the Earth and in Native cultures in this popular and critically acclaimed book. Keepers of the Earth uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce environmental concepts to children, aged five through twelve. The activities include theatre, reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics, and are designed to engage all of the senses.

    With a foreword by N. Scott Momaday.

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Native Peoples
Author: Robert Livesey
Format: Paperback
  • Although Canada's citizens are usually thought of as law-abiding and loyal to authority, there have been some notable and powerful rebels. From fiery spirits such as William Lyon Mackenzie and Louis-Joseph Papineau in 1837, to men and women who simply defied social convention, Canada's rebels have had a strong impact on its growth as a nation.

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Powwow Summer: A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life
Author: Marcie Rendon
Format: Paperback
  • Life is a circle, just like the seasons, from youth through old age. The circle of the year brings seasonal rituals: a winter of preparation followed by a summer of powwows.

    Sharyl and Windy Downwind and their children travel from their home on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota to powwows all around the region. For the past year, their oldest daughter, Shian, has been honored as junior princess for Bug-o-nay-ge-shig School. At the Leech Lake Memorial Day gathering, Shian will hand over her crown to the next princess. Later that summer, the family attends the Red Lake Fourth of July powwow seeking healing and comfort. Windy is mourning his mother, who recently passed away, and also honoring her by dancing at the powwow. At ceremonies and in daily life, Windy and Sharyl celebrate Anishinaabe culture by teaching their children traditional skills, dance steps, and lifeways, all part of the circle of community and the seasons and life.

    “Clear, informative photographs help clarify the text and leave readers with the sense that they have accompanied the Downwinds. An ideal choice for classroom units on contemporary Native American life.”
    --Booklist

    Award-winning poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist Marcie R. Rendon (White Earth) is the creator/producer for Raving Native Productions. Cheryl Walsh Bellville, a professional photographer for more than forty years, also writes and illustrates books for young readers.

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Sammy Goes to Residential School
Author: Mary Lingman
Format: Paperback
  • THIS IS THE TROUBLED STORY about a seven-year-old Cree child, Sammy, who is removed from his northern reservation in order to attend residential school. Assigned identification number 122, Sammy experiences many of the humiliations of residential schools, such as the deprivation of one's personal space as well as one's own language and culture.

    Mary Lingman sensitively deals with the personal impact of enforced assimilation of Native children by concentrating on their preparation for education away from home and on the role of the grandparents in that education.

    There are some happy adventures as well, such as Sammy's first plane ride (as a stowaway), a fish-up, chasing whales, making moosomin jam, and winter sports.

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The Native Stories From Keepers of the Animals
Format: Paperback
  • The Haida of the Pacific Northwest tell the story of a boy who shows no respect for the salmon, even though the salmon mean life for his people. Caught by the current while swimming one day, he drowns and is taken by the Salmon People to their village deep in the ocean. There he becomes a healer, learning about the eternal cycles of life and the interdependence of all living things, wisdom he imparts to his own people during a brief visit before he returns to the Salmon People under the sea. "Salmon Boy" is one of twenty-four tales that demonstrate the power of animals in Native American traditions and foster an appreciation for all life on earth.

    The stories in this collection come from many aboriginal groups of North America, including Mohawk, Hopi, Haida, Cree, Inuit, Cherokee, and others. Parents, teachers, and children will delight in these lovingly told tales about "our relations, the animals." The stories come to life through the magical illustrations by Mohawk artists John Kahionhes Fadden and David Fadden.

    Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

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The Native Stories From Keepers of the Earth
Format: Paperback
  • The Native Stories from Keepers of the Earth is a collection representing several aboriginal groups of North America, including Inuit, Micmac, Maliseet, Mohawk, Zuni, and Hopi. A common thread throughout these stories is a view of the world as family - earth as our mother, sun as our father and the animals as our brothers and sisters. The stories foster an ethic of stewardship by clearly showing that we are entrusted with the responsibility to maintain the natural balance, to take care of our mother, to be keepers of the earth. Each story is beautifully illustrated by Mohawk artist John Kahionhes Fadden.

    Joseph Bruchac or Sozap, his Abenaki name, is an award-winning poet, novelist, and storyteller who follows the traditional ways. His work reflects his culture in emphasizing that storytelling is natural and necessary to all people. He has been a storyteller-in-residence at the Onondaga Indian School and the Akwesasne Mohawk School.

    These twenty-four stories from the best-selling Keepers of the Earth will appeal to readers of all ages.

    Foreword by N. Scott Momaday

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