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Seven Grandfather Teachings
Author: Gloria Hope
Format: Paperback
  • The Seven Grandfather Teachings are traditional values that are respected around the world by most Indigenous peoples as universal teachings. The Seven Grandfather Teachings depict the meaning behind all that we say, do and create.

    In this colouring book you will explore the seven sacred teachings and the animals that represent each one. Written and Illustrated by Chippewa artist Gloria Hope.


    "I was smitten when I first saw this colouring book. Not only have colouring books come into vogue, but Gloria's art and understanding of our Sacred Teachings are uniquely amazing! To allow children the pleasure of becoming a part of the book while coming to better understand the Sacred Teachings is nothing less than brilliant." David Bouchard

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Shanna's Christmas Pudding
Author: Gail Ledoux
Format: Paperback
  • Perfect for any time of year! In this delightful children’s book, with beautiful, original illustrations, Shanna learns more than just a recipe for a yummy Christmas dessert. She learns the importance of tradition, sharing and respecting her Elders. All with the help of her Kookum.
    Full-colour images AND recipe included.

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First Nations Ceremonies
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • First Nations Ceremonies explores various Anishinaabe teachings that have been handed down from Elders, encouraging mino-pimaatisiwin, the good life. These practices are still used today, crossing time from the past to the future.

    24 pages

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Granny and I Get Traditional Names
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, told in the voice of a young girl, she describes how she and her Granny get ready for their naming ceremony. When the special day arrives, the Longhouse fills with people who will witness and celebrate the sharing of their traditional names.

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P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony
Author: Scot Ritchie
Format: Hardcover
  • It’s the day of the first salmon ceremony, and P'ésk'a is excited to celebrate. His community, the Sts'ailes people, give thanks to the river and the salmon it brings by commemorating the first salmon of the season.

    Framed as an exploration of what life was like one thousand years ago, P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony describes the customs of the Sts'ailes people, an indigenous group who have lived on the Harrison River in British Columbia for the last 10,000 years. Includes an introductory letter from Chief William Charlie, an illustrated afterword and a glossary.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: What is Truth, Betsy?
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Miskwaadesi is puzzled about the teaching Truth. But she knows more than she thinks she does.

    What is Truth, Betsy? is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series.The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: Misaabe's Stories
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Misaabe tells great stories – about trolls, and x-ray glasses, and secret agents, and his super-exciting life. But is real life so bad?

    Misaabe's Stories is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series.The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: Singing Sisters
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Selected for inclusion in the Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

    Ma'iingan knows she is a very good singer. Conflict erupts when her little sister wants to sing just like her.

    Singing Sisters is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: Amik Loves School
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Amik tells Moshoom about his wonderful school. Then his grandfather tells him about the residential school he went to, much different from Amik’s school. So Amik has an idea….

    Amik Loves School is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series.The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: The First Day
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Selected for inclusion in the Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

    Makwa has to go to a new school … and he doesn’t want to. How will he face his first day?

    The First Day is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: The Just Right Gift
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Selected for inclusion in the Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

    Migisi loves his Gookom. Can he find the perfect gift to show her how much?

    The Just Right Gift is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series.The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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The Seven Teachings Stories: Kode's Quest(ion)
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • Selected for inclusion in the Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

    Kode knows many things, but she doesn’t know one thing: What does respect mean? Who will help her figure out the answer?

    Kode's Quest(ion) is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

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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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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional 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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The First Flute
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Names should be respected. They should be valued. They should be honoured.
    When a name is given to an adult, it is often given based on the life that person has lived. The name is a statement about the person he or she has become.
    When a name is given to a child, it foretells what kind of a person that child will become. If a child is given the name He Who is Kind to Strangers, that child is destined to live a life of kindness. I know this to be true because I once knew a kind man who as a child was given that name.
    In The First Flute, David Bouchard tells the story of a young man given the name Dancing Raven. He was a dancer - the best from all the nations. But the other men and boys in his village don't appreciate Dancing Raven's talent - hunting, fishing and tracking are the truly important talents. Dancing Raven must prove to his village the importance of his song.

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The Ghost Dance
Format: Hardcover
  • When the bountiful world of their ancestors was no more, the Paiute prophets had visions of a dance that would restore it. The ghost dance movement began in hope as native peoples came together to to dance for their shared dream. The dream failed and they tried again. Again the dream failed tragically. But the vision and the dream still call out to all people. It is a story that has not yet ended.

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The Debwe Series: The Gift is in the Making: Anishinaabeg Stories
Author: Leanne Simpson
Traditional Territory: Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. Sprinkled with gentle humour and the Anishinaabe language, this collection of stories speaks to children and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of stories that touch the heart.

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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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Powwow Counting in Cree
Author: Penny M. Thomas
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Hardcover
  • A unique book for young children that teaches counting from one to ten in the Cree language. Both words and pictures reflect the rich culture and tradition of the Cree people.

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We Greet the Four Seasons (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 20

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

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    The Medicine Wheel is a guide to living a healthy life. People use it all around the world.
    There are four parts to the Medicine Wheel that teach us many different things. We learn from everything that is around us!
    We begin our teachings in the direction that the sun rises, to the east. We learn from the gifts that the four seasons provide us with.
    What do you already know about the four seasons?

    Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740104

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We Greet the Four Animals (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 19

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    The Medicine Wheel is a guide to living a healthy life. People use it all around the world.
    There are four parts to the Medicine Wheel that teach us many different things. We learn from everything that is around us!
    We begin our teachings in the direction that the sun rises, to the east. We learn from the gifts that the four animals provide us with.
    What do you already know about the four animals?

    Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740067

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We Greet the Four Seasons
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 20

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    The Medicine Wheel is a guide to living a healthy life. People use it all around the world.
    There are four parts to the Medicine Wheel that teach us many different things. We learn from everything that is around us!
    We begin our teachings in the direction that the sun rises, to the east. We learn from the gifts that the four seasons provide us with.
    What do you already know about the four seasons?

    Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781771740500

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We Greet the Four Animals
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 19

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    The Medicine Wheel is a guide to living a healthy life. People use it all around the world.
    There are four parts to the Medicine Wheel that teach us many different things. We learn from everything that is around us!
    We begin our teachings in the direction that the sun rises, to the east. We learn from the gifts that the four animals provide us with.
    What do you already know about the four animals?

    Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781771740463

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Seasons
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 10

    Back cover book introduction:
    There are four seasons during a year, winter, spring, summer and fall.
    Which season do you think it is on the cover of this book?
    Which season is it outside right now?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781927571309

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Seasons (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 10

    Back cover book introduction:
    There are four seasons during a year, winter, spring, summer and fall.
    Which season do you think it is on the cover of this book?
    Which season is it outside right now?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571705

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The Little Cedar Tree (6-pack)
Author: Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
  • Level 7

    Back cover book introduction:
    This book is about a tiny seed growing into a Cedar tree.
    Have you ever planted a seed?
    What do you know for sure about seeds?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571569

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The Little Cedar Tree
Author: Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
  • Level 7

    Back cover book introduction:
    This book is about a tiny seed growing into a Cedar tree.
    Have you ever planted a seed?
    What do you know for sure about seeds?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781927571163

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A Circle of Friends (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
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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A Circle of Friends
Author: Terri Mack
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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Salmon to Share (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 3

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    Baby Bear likes to share salmon with
    his friends.
    Who do you think could be some of Baby Bear’s friends?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571422

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Salmon to Share
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 3

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    Baby Bear likes to share salmon with
    his friends.
    Who do you think could be some of Baby Bear’s friends?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781927571026

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Baby Bear (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
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
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571415

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Baby Bear
Author: Terri Mack
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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Hello Spring!
Author: Donna Klockars
Format: Paperback
  • Level 2

    Back cover book introduction:
    The animals notice that spring is here so they tell Bear.
    How do we know when it is spring time?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9780987967060

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Hello Spring! (6-pack)
Author: Donna Klockars
Format: Paperback
  • Level 2

    Back cover book introduction:
    The animals notice that spring is here so they tell Bear.
    How do we know when it is spring time?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571361

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Fish For Supper
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 1

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    Many animals fish for their supper.
    What are some things that animals fish for?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9780987967015

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

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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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Neekna and Chemai
Traditional 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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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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Seven Sacred Teachings
Format: Hardcover
  • The Seven Sacred Teachings is a message of
    traditional values and hope for the future.
    The Teachings are universal to most First
    Nation peoples. These Teachings are seen in
    school communities from coast to coast across
    North America. They are a link that ties all Native, Inuit and Metis communities together.

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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book.

    Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

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The Girl Who Married the Moon
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Traditional Territory: Abenaki
Format: Paperback
  • This collection of traditional stories explores the significance of a young girl's rite of passage into womanhood. Each of these stories originated in the oral tradition and have been carefully researched. Joseph Bruchac, author of the best-selling Keeper's of the Earth series, and noted storyteller, has been entrusted with stories from elders of other native nations which ensures that the stories collected in The Girl Who Married the Moon are authentic.

    The book is broken into four sections, signifying the importance of the number four to Native peoples, and provides an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of Native American tribal nations. These nations have offered to share their stories with their blessing, to celebrate the traditional ways.

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Talking With Mother Earth
Author: Jorge Argueta
Format: Hardcover
  • Raw, honest and powerful, these moving bilingual poems by noted Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta explore a young native boy's connection to Mother Earth and how he is healed from the terrible wounds of racism he has endured. Tetl has learned from his grandmother about the spirituality of his ancestors, about how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred meaning. This helps him move from doubt and fear, created by the taunts of other children, to self-acceptance and a discovery of his love for nature.

    Mountains, wind, corn and stones all speak to Tetl, almost seeming to vibrate with life. He feels deep roots in them and, through them, he learns to speak and sing. They reveal his Nahuatl self and he realizes that he is special, beautiful and sacred.

    These gripping poems have something to teach us all, perhaps especially those who have been either intentionally or casually cruel or racist, as well as those who have been the victims of racism.


    Crudos, honestos e impactantes, estos conmovedores poemas bilingües por el aclamado salvadoreño Jorge Argueta exploran la relación de un joven nativo con la Madre Tierra y de como fue curado de las terribles heridas causadas por el racismo que ha tenido que aguantar. Tetl ha aprendido de su abuela sobre la espiritualidad de sus ancestros, sobre como ellos veían la tierra como un ser vivo con un sentido sagrado. Esto lo ayuda a pasar de la duda y el miedo, creado por las burlas de los otros niños, a la aceptación de sí mismo y al descubrimiento de su amor por la naturaleza.

    La montañas, el viento, el maíz y las piedras le hablan a Tetl, parece casi que vibran de vida. El siente profundas raíces en ellos, a través de ellos, y aprende a hablar y cantar. Ellos le revelan su parte Náhuatl y él se da cuenta de que es especial, bello y sagrado.

    Estos poemas apasionantes tienen algo que enseñarnos a todos, quizás especialmente a aquellos que intencionalmente o sin quererlo han sido crueles o racistas, como también a aquellos que a su vez han sido víctimas del racismo.

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The Sharing Circle (Meuse)
Author: Theresa Meuse
Format: Paperback
  • Matthew loves to play games with his friends and share his toys with them. But most of all he loves to share the special treasures that remind him of his First Nations culture. Perhaps his favourite treasure is the medicine pouch that his grandfather made especially for him. This is where he keeps many of his other treasures, including the sacred herbs his mother gave him. Matthew uses the herbs to remind him to be grateful for everything that nature gives us. Another special gift is the eagle feather from his father. Matthew knows that the eagle is a symbol of the spiritual strength of his culture. But there is one other gift that has a special place in Matthew's heart. It is the dream catcher that Matthew gave to his friend Dustin to help him not have bad dreams.

    The Sharing Circle is a collection of seven stories about First Nations culture and spiritual practices: The Eagle Feather, The Dream Catcher, The Sacred Herbs, The Talking Circle, The Medicine Wheel, The Drum, and The Medicine Pouch. Researched and written by Mi'kmaw children's author Theresa Meuse-Dallien, and beautifully illustrated by Mi'kmaw illustrator Arthur Stevens, this book will engage and inform children of all ages.

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Lessons From Mother Earth
Author: Elaine McLeod
Traditional 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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Jason's New Dugout Canoe
Format: Hardcover
  • The long-awaited sequel to BC children's classic Jason and the Sea Otter.

    This delightful story of a Nuu-chah-nulth boy explores First Nations traditions and values through the making of a canoe. Jason's first canoe is crushed during a storm, and he must replace it. Through Uncle Silas, he learns the traditional methods of canoe building - plus scores of stories and legends about his heritage. In an entertaining way, Jason's New Dugout Canoe also teaches the important lesson of patience, plus respect and reverence for nature and all its creatures.

    The story is packed with stunning, full-colour illustrations by Paul Montpellier, which one reviewer has described as "wonderfully clear and detailed, capturing both closeness to nature and a sense of continuity of Native tradition."

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The Drum Calls Softly
Format: Hardcover
  • Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

    BolognaRagazzi Award Mention book, 2010

    What the Bologna jury said:
    "The joyful yet complex style of Jim Poitras is the vehicle for an enjoyable lesson in cultural anthropology. The clear contours of the foreground figures dialogue effortlessly with the landscapes in the background whose colourful, complex and material quality is rendered almost tangible. This novel illustration technique is particularly suited as a book for children since it highlights to great effect how man's customs, lifestyles and traditions take on significance only when seen against the backdrop of the skies, hills, rivers and natural world that gave rise to them.

    Translation and music by Northern Cree
    Have you danced the round dance yet?
    Of course you have-you're in my dream.
    You've danced in circles next to me
    You now know things aren't as they seem.

    Beloved children''s author David Bouchard has teamed up with emerging writer Shelly Willier to create a heart-warming tale in his newest book, The Drum Calls Softly. Discover the beauty of the traditional Round Dance through the lush descriptive verse of Bouchard and Willier that leads you through the cycles and seasons of life, the forming of new friendships and the understanding of values.

    Illustrations by internationally acclaimed painter Jim Poitras colorfully grace the pages, bringing the words alive through the intricate movements of the Round Dancers.

    And Northern Cree teams up once again with David Bouchard, providing the translation from English to Cree and the haunting drum music on a bound-in book CD.

    Also available in French and in Cree, and accompanied by a CD.

$24.95

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Moonstick
Format: Paperback
  • In this lyrical, haunting picture book, a young boy joins his father in an age-old Sioux tradition: the cutting of a moon-counting stick to keep track of the months of the year. And with each notch made in the stick, the boy learns more about the world around him. Luminous, carefully researched paintings by John Sandford combine with Bunting's poetic language to create a unique story of one Native American boy's journey toward adulthood.

$8.50

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Secret of the Dance
Traditional 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.

$9.95

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