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CD: Various Artists - New American Stories

New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young, contemporary writers – Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon, as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience which is reflected in their work. Whether they are immigrants from another country, or in the case of Sherman Alexie, a Native American, they’re all writing from a voice that comes from being an outsider. They also share a well-deserved, universal praise for their work.

Aleksandar Hemon's
Good Living
Performed by Boyd Gaines
A Bosnian emigrant seeks the American dream while selling magazines door to door in Chicago

Jhumpa Lahiri's
Hell-Heaven
Performed by Rita Wolf
passions and tensions in a Bengali family in Cambridge, Mass

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's
The Thing Around Your Neck
Performed by Condola Rashad
A young Nigerian woman takes the Greyhound bus to the end of the line and starts a new life in Hartford

Sherman Alexie's
Breaking and Entering
Performed by BD Wong
A break-in and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life...

Authenticity Note: Some, but limited, Indigenous content.  As these are stories being performed for the medium of a CD, we are using the Authentic Indigenous Text label to indicate Indigenous content in Sherman's story performed by BD Wong.

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CD: Winds of Change

The Sky Singers join Holly Arntzen to sing about climate change. 1,600 students from Dunsmuir Middle School, and Glen Lake, Uplands, Macaulay and Keating elementary schools join Arntzen and the Dream Band (musicians Sinclair, Boyle, and Roessingh) in delivering messages about global warming, with songs such as "Arctic Dragonfly," "Roses in the Winter," and "Winds of Change." Environment Canada provided support.

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Decals - Wall (Vinyl): My Little Baby Bear
Size: Bear 22 cm X 15 cm

Our vinyl decals are easy to apply and easy to remove without damaging walls. We use high quality grade vinyl for interior use only. Easy to follow application instructions: 1. Decide where you would like to put your wall decals. 2. Clean the area of the wall and let dry thoroughly. 3. Peel the wall decal from the backing paper and carefully place on the wall. Try to leave as few fingerprints on the sticky side of vinyl film as possible. Star Decal Dimensions: 3.5in x 3.5in (8cm X 8cm) Moon Decal Dimensions: 5.5in x 5in (14cm X 13cm) Bear Decal Dimensions: 9in x 6in (22cm X 15cm)

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Decals (Vinyl): Joe Wilson-Sxwaset - Butterflies
Size: 15 X 12 cm
Country of Origin: USA

Bright colours accented with gold and silver inks.
Peel-away backing
Great for cars, snowboards, windows, etc.

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Decals (Vinyl): Joe WIlson-Sxwaset - Thunderbird
Size: 12 X 12 cm
Country of Origin: USA

Bright colours accented with gold and silver inks.
Peel-away backing
Great for cars, snowboards, windows, etc.

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$4.50

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Decals (Vinyl): Mervin Windsor - Eagles
Size: 14 x 13 cm
Country of Origin: USA

Bright colours accented with gold and silver inks.
Peel-away backing
Great for cars, snowboards, windows, etc.

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Decals (Vinyl): Trevor Angus - Raven Feathers
Size: 18 X 12 cm
Country of Origin: USA

Bright colours accented with gold and silver inks.
Peel-away backing
Great for cars, snowboards, windows, etc.

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DVD: 500 Nations

500 Nations is an eight part documentary which explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times, through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations relies on historical texts, eyewitnesses accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.

5 discs

Authenticity Note: Many Indigenous peoples lent their voices to this project, including Gordon Tootoosis, Tantoo Cardinal, and Eric Schweig.

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DVD: A Good Day to Die - Dennis Banks & The American Indian Movement

A Good Day to Die chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks (The Last of the Mohicand, War Party), the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, the film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. From the forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools, to discrimination by law enforcement authorities, to neglect by government officials responsible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM sought redress for the many grievances that its people harboured.

Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee climactic flash points which saw him standing steadfast as a leader for his cause. Bittersweet and compelling, A Good Day to Die charts the rise and fall of a movement that fought for the civil rights of American Indians.

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$42.95

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DVD: Métis Women’s Traditional Arts Series

Grade Level: All Ages

Narrators: Penny Condon, Anna Flaminio, and Cheryl Troupe

To showcase and celebrate the artistic talents of Métis women, the Gabriel Dumont Institute produced The Métis Women’s Traditional Arts Series. This DVD contains the four-video series, which provides in-depth instruction and direction in the production of various forms of Métis cultural expression.

Aen Kroshay aen tapee avec mi gineey: Métis Hooked Rugs

Margaret Harrison, and her mother, Adeline Pelletier dite Racette, provide the viewer with step-by-step instructions on how to make a hooked rug. As well, Margaret and Adeline share their stories about living on a road allowance in the Qu’Appelle Valley in southern Saskatchewan.

Mashnikwawchikun avec la sway di fil: Métis Silk Embroidery

With instruction from Margaret Harrison, viewers have the opportunity to learn basic embroidery stitches, and receive direction in working with patterns, designs, needles, and fabrics. Margaret also shares her experiences and thoughts on the importance of preserving and promoting this traditional Métis art form.

En saencheur flechey: Métis Fingerweaving

Combining Aboriginal fingerweaving techniques with European materials, the sash remains an integral and highly symbolic aspect of Métis identity. In this video, Penny Condon provides fingerweaving lessons to grade seven and eight students from St. Frances School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Our Shared Inheritance: Traditional Métis Beadwork

This documentary discusses the Métis beading tradition of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and centres on Isabelle Impey and her efforts to preserve Métis beadwork. It also provides instructions on how to bead and make moccasins.

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DVD: Native America - Tales of a Proud People

This comprehensive box set includes three documentary series, each of which explores Native American history from a unique angle and perspective. Contents include: The Great Indian Wars, Trail of Tears: A Native American Documentary Collection, and Native America - Voices From the Land.

The Great Indian Wars - 235 mins
With Coronado's expedition to the Great Plains in 1540, a series of battles between European settlers, the military and civilian forces of the US and the Native American Indians began and ultimately tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. The Battle of Tippicanoe, of Little Big Horn were some of the most important conflicts that led up to the last massacre, the Battle of Wounded Knee, where America's landscape would be forever changed!

Native America: Voices from the Land - 588 mins
This compelling documentary collection examines Native North-American culture, past and present, and its attempts to halt assimilation and retain native cultural traditions. Through historical and contemporary photographs, paintings, artwork, and history of America's aboriginal people is showcased across 32 unique and important features.

Trail of Tears - 263 mins
This harrowing and compelling complication of 4 award-winning documentary programs chronicles the struggles of the Native American culture from the forced relocation known as the Trail of Tears to the current issues faced by America's aboriginal people. The four documentaries include:
- Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy
- Black Indians: An American History
- Native American Healing in the 21st Century
- Our Spirit's Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School

Authenticity Note: This DVD notes that it stars Native Americans.

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DVD: Native Art of Canada

This unique style of art is brought to life in this beautifully shot video. View traditional masks and carvings, each one unique and individual. See the contemporary style of Native art, represented in beautiful paintings and stunning jewelry carved in gold, silver and sparkling diamonds.

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DVD: Older Than America

A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America focuses on the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at such schools.

This film was inspired by events from Georgina Lightning's life, and the lives of her family members and community.

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DVD: Rabbit Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence - featuring the Golden Globe - nominated score by Peter Gabriel - is the powerful true story of hope and survival, and has been met with international acclaim! At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate then into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp. Molly and the girls, part of what would become known as Australia's a Stolen Generation, must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. As shown by this outstanding motion picture, their universally touching plight and unparalleled courage are a beautiful testament to the undying strength of the human spirit.

Includes some Aboriginal Australian contributions, such as the acting of Everlyn Sampi, and is inspired by the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara.

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DVD: Steps in Time II - Métis Dance & Instruction

Grade Level: All Ages


Choreographer: Jeanne Pelletier
“The Métis Thunder” Dancers: Jeannine Pelletier-Banin, Paul Banin,
Kim Kovacs, Wilfred Burton, Erin Kramer, Russ Fayant, Michael Racette,
Derek Racette, Megan Shiplack, and Nicole Morrow
Music: Brian Sklar, Joe Schultz, Wayne Kuntz, and Garry Lepine
Producer/Director: Don List, Birdsong Communications
Format: DVD, Approximately 70 minutes

Jeanne Pelletier’s Steps in Time II instructs people of all ages the intricate steps of the “Red River Jig”, and square dancing moves and holds. It includes three reels of the “Quadrille” and “la danse du crochet.” A conversation with Jeanne outlines her history as a dance instructor and caller, and why dance is important. Also included on this DVD is the original Steps in Time from 1989, which teaches dancers the “Duck Dance,” some basic Métis dance steps, fancy jig steps, and the “Rabbit Dance.”

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$24.95

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