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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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Giving Thanks
Content Territory: Akwesasne Mohawk, Cayuga, Tuscarora
Format: Paperback
The Mohawk tradition teaches children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth, in keeping with the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift, and that the universe represents one great family.
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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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La Quete Spirituelle de Petit Ours
Format: Paperback
Little Bear is preoccupied with himself and overtures of friendship by the other animals are quickly rebuffed with taunting and insults. So Grandfather, knowing what to do, sends Little Bear to the island to search his heart. Traditional remedies sometimes take time, a long time. In isolation Little Bear comes face to face with himself and gains insight. In Little Bear, youngsters will see the transformation of an aloof self-centered spirit into a person fit to participate in the communal life of the village, one to whom Grandfather lovingly says, "Welcome home, Little Bear, welcome home." Joe Silvey's illustrations richly complement the story.
(French Version)
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Lessons From Mother Earth
Author: Elaine McLeod
Content Territory: Na-cho Nyak Dun
Format: Paperback
Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today when they step out the door, Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, if you learn about them - understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone - you will always find something to nourish you.

At the end of the day, Tess is grateful to Mother Earth for having such a lovely garden, and she is thankful for having such a wise grandma.
Elaine McLeod's poetic text and Colleen Wood's gentle watercolors combine to make Lessons from Mother Earth a celebration of nature and life.
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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice
Content Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon.

"Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak."

The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration.

Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

Author's note:

Gila'kasla!
I spent a year writing and rewriting this poem to be sure to convey the message clearly to my audience. It was important to me that the poem reflect the importance of us all joining together to find the sacredness in celebration, the joy of belonging within a greater community and the voice of determination inside of each of us. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples rising, healing and joining together I hope that this poem inspires our youth to be strong and determined in all their future goals.
~Terri Mack

Book Dimensions: 9in x 12in
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9781771740555
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Nala's Magical Mitsiaq: A Story of Inuit Adoption
Author: Jennifer Noah
Format: Paperback
Adoption among Inuit families—known as Inuit custom adoption—is a unique and age-old practice that sees families within Nunavut placing children with adoptive parents in the community as they see fit. This tradition remains a celebrated part of Inuit culture and identity to this day.

Nala’s Magical Mitsiaq tells the story of how Nala and Qiatsuk became sisters through Inuit custom adoption. This story, lovingly based on the author’s own family, explains the unique process of custom adoption and introduces kids to the importance of adoption within Inuit culture. Adorable illustrations and heartfelt text bring this tale of family love to life for readers both familiar and unfamiliar with this unique cultural tradition.
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Neekna and Chemai
Content Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback

A story about two girls living in the Okanagan Valley before the arrival of the white man. An insight into customs and ways of the past.

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Powwow
Author: George Ancona
Format: Paperback
This beautiful photo-essay captures the essence of the Native American powwow.

Throughout the year in cities and towns and on reservations across the United States and Canada, Native Americans gather to celebrate their heritage and culture. Suits and ties, jeans and tennis shoes give way to breastplates and bustles, leggings and moccasins. In a kaleidoscope of color and movement, men, women, and children step and spin to the driving beat of a drum.

They come together in friendship to share the traditions of a powwow. But what exactly is today’s powwow? What happens at one? What’s a Grass dancer? Or a giveaway?

George Ancona traveled to Crow Agency, Montana, to attend the summer Crow Fair, the largest powwow held in the United States. Through beautiful full-color photographs, he offers an exceptional look at the celebration of Native American pride called a powwow.
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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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Secret of the Dance
Content Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
"Many years ago, when the world and I were younger, my family defied the government."
A boy will never forget witnessing a forbidden Potlatch.
In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.
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Shaman's Nephew
Format: Paperback
This collection of 28 short stories recounts memories of Inuit life, from hunting and fishing to the Shaman's mystic endeavours. Interesting and informative, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a meaningful record of an extinct way of life.

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Strong Readers Set A: A Circle of Friends (L7)
Format: Paperback
Level 7

Illustrated by Bill Helin.

Back cover book introduction:
There are many things that we do with friends and family.
What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781927571187

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Strong Readers Set A: A Circle of Friends (L7) 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Level 7

Illustrated by Bill Helin.

Back cover book introduction:
There are many things that we do with friends and family.
What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
Pages: 16
6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571583

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Strong Readers Set A: Baby Bear (L3)
Format: Paperback
Level 3

Illustrated by Bill Helin.

Back cover book introduction:
Baby Bear wants to play with some friends.
Who do you think will play with Baby Bear?

Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781927571019

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