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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.

$13.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series Big Book: Out on the Ice
Author: Jenna Bailey
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
Tyson and Neevee are so excited to go ice fishing with their parents. How many fish will they catch?

This story introduces children to the Inuit tradition of jigging for fish. It infuses a family trip out on the ice with the essential early numeracy skills of composing and decomposing numbers, quantity awareness, and working with the part/part/whole relationship of numbers. A guide at the back of the book helps parents and educators ask questions to reinforce the numeracy learning in the text.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Out on the Ice is a Level 9 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Out on the Ice's F&P Level is J.

This is a Big Book. Its large print and colourful, large images make it ideal for read-alouds and shared readings.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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32 pages | 19.00" x 14.25"
Authentic Canadian Content
$23.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Out on the Ice
Author: Jenna Bailey
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
Tyson and Neevee are so excited to go ice fishing with their parents. How many fish will they catch?

This story introduces children to the Inuit tradition of jigging for fish. It infuses a family trip out on the ice with the essential early numeracy skills of composing and decomposing numbers, quantity awareness, and working with the part/part/whole relationship of numbers. A guide at the back of the book helps parents and educators ask questions to reinforce the numeracy learning in the text.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Out on the Ice is a Level 9 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Out on the Ice's F&P Level is J.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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28 pages | 9.25" x 7.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Seasonal Cycles
Author: Nadia Mike
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
What do the different seasons look like in the North?

This book supports early science learning by teaching children about the seasonal changes that take place throughout the year in the Arctic.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Seasonal Changes is a Level 6 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Seasonal Change's F&P Level is E.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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12 pages | 6.00" x 8.00" | Full-colour photographs throughout
Authentic Canadian Content
$6.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Summer in Nunavut
Author: Nadia Mike
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
There is so much to do during a Northern summer! This non-fiction book introduces children to some of the ways people in Nunavut enjoy the summer, like berry picking, boating, fishing, and camping.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Summer in Nunavut is a Level 9 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Summer in Nunavut's F&P Level is L.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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20 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Winter in Nunavut
Author: Nadia Mike
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
What are some of the ways people in the North enjoy winter? This non-fiction book teaches children that even though the days are cold and dark in a Nunavut winter, there are a lot outdoor activities to enjoy, such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, and dogsledding.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Winter in Nunavut is a Level 9 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Winter in Nunavut's F&P Level is M.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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24 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
Authentic Canadian Content
$7.95

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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.
$14.99

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Powwow Counting in Cree
Author: Penny M. Thomas
Content 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.
$16.95

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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.
$10.95

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Powwow's Coming
Author: Linda Boyden
Format: Hardcover
This is a celebration of the contemporary powwow, which provides a rhyming verse to attract young children to the fun one can enjoy at a powwow. Boyden skillfully takes the main points of a powwow and creates anticipation in the charming verse. Ages 4-9
$29.95

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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.
$10.95

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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
$9.95

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Seven Sacred Teachings: Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin
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.

The seven teachings include: respect, humility, love, truth, honesty, wisdom and courage. The stories in the book provide an example of how each teaching came to be.

$24.95

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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.

$12.95

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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.
$6.95

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