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S'abadeb--The Gifts
Format: Paperback
  • S’abadeb, the Lushootseed word for “gifts,” invokes the reciprocity that is at the heart of Salish culture. It expresses the importance of offering gifts at potlatches, giving thanks during ceremonies, respecting the creativity bestowed upon artists and leaders and honouring the master artists, oral historians and cultural leaders who pass vital cultural information to future generations.

    S’abadeb—The Gifts brings together current scholarship with indigenous knowledge for the first time. Twelve essays examine how the history and culture of gifts are reflected in art, including pieces written by:

    artists Susan Point (Musqueam) and Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip)
    scholars Carolyn Marr and Wayne Suttles
    cultural specialists Sonny McHalsie (Stó:ló) and Bruce Miller (Skokomish)

    More than 200 photographs, most of them full colour, showcase the best of Salish art, including monumental house posts, expertly crafted basketry and woven regalia and stunning contemporary works in glass wood, and paint.

$45.00

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Saanich Ethnobotany
Format: Paperback
  • Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda present the results of many years of working with botanical experts from the Saanich Nation on southern Vancouver Island. Elders Violet Williams, Elsie Claxton, Christopher Paul and Dave Elliott pass on their knowledge of plants and their uses to future generations of Saanich and Coast Salish people, and to anyone interested in native plants. Saanich Ethnobotany includes detailed information about the plants that were traditionally harvested to use in all aspects of Saanich life, such as for food and medicines, and to make tools, buildings and weapons. Each plant is listed by its common (English), scientific and Saanich names. Each listing contains a brief botanical description with a colour photograph, where to find the plant and how it was used traditionally by the Saanich people. This important book celebrates the richness and tremendous value of locally based knowledge in a rapidly changing world.

$24.95

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Sacred Plant Medicine
Format: Paperback
  • The first in-depth examination of the sacred underpinnings of the world of Native American medicinal herbalism

    • Reveals how shamans and healers “talk” with plants to discover their medicinal properties

    • Includes the prayers and medicine songs associated with each of the plants examined

    • By the author of The Secret Teachings of Plants

    As humans evolved on Earth they used plants for everything imaginable--food, weapons, baskets, clothes, shelter, and medicine. Indigenous peoples the world over have been able to gather knowledge of plant uses by communicating directly with plants and honoring the sacred relationship between themselves and the plant world.

    In Sacred Plant Medicine Stephen Harrod Buhner looks at the long-standing relationship between indigenous peoples and plants and examines the techniques and states of mind these cultures use to communicate with the plant world. He explores the sacred dimension of plant and human interactions and the territory where plants are an expression of Spirit. For each healing plant described in the book, Buhner presents medicinal uses, preparatory guidelines, and ceremonial elements such as prayers and medicine songs associated with its use.

$20.00

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Sacred Smoke: The Ancient Art of Smudging for Modern Times
Format: Paperback
  • This classic book on smudging explains and illustrates an integral part of traditional Native American life. Learn to make smudge sticks and to identify, gather, and grow a wide range of sacred plants for smudging. Featured plants include bayberry, cedar, desert sage, fennel, mugwort, mullein, sweetgrass, and yerba santa. Includes valuable advice on how to reclaim and find personal traditions and healing rituals.

$11.95

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Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions
Format: Paperback
  • This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.

    When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions.

    Each captivating story and accompanying sidebar facts and spot illustrations brings to life the key tenets of a particular belief system, while the comprehensive glossary and resource list enable readers to expand their explorations. Including easy-to-understand descriptions and essential stories from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth, Sacred Stories is perfect for parents and teachers who want to expand young readers’ understanding of world traditions.

    The simple, informative, unbiased language of Sacred Stories, combined with its comprehensive resource list and glossary, makes it an ideal learning tool for teachers, librarians, and other educators.

$22.99

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Sagkeeng Legends (Sagkeeng Aadizookaanag): Stories By John C. Courchene
Format: Paperback
  • John C. Courchene was born in Sagkeeng First Nation in 1914, where he attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. Courchene’s time in the residential school was short; his brothers, "Joejay" and Louis, took John out of school so he could help them cut wood in the bush. While this helped John make a lifetime commitment to hard work, it also resulted in John being “illiterate” in the European sense of the word. In the ways of the forest and his native language, Anishanabemowin, however, John was far from illiterate. Sagkeeng Legends is a testament to John’s cultural literacy and a monument in the face of eroding Indigenous language and culture caused by centuries of colonization.

    Originally recorded by John’s wife, Josephine Courchene, in the early 1980s and reprinted here in both English and Anishanabemowin by Craig Fontaine, the stories in Sagkeeng Legends represent two pebbles where a mountain of knowledge once stood. Nonetheless, this book is an important act of preserving and reintroducing Indigenous language and culture to a new generation.

$14.95

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Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Sanaaq is an intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in the mid-nineteenth century. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec. Here they live their lives hunting seal, repairing their kayak, and gathering mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in. These are ordinary extraordinary lives: marriages are made and unmade, children are born and named, violence appears in the form of a fearful husband or a hungry polar bear. Here the spirit world is alive and relations with non-humans are never taken lightly. And under it all, the growing intrusion of the qallunaat and the battle for souls between the Catholic and Anglican missionaries threatens to forever change the way of life of Sanaaq and her young family.

    Caution: Contains some mature content.

$24.95

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Saskatchewan First Nations: Lives Past & Present
Format: Paperback
  • In this volume are more than 125 biographies, which together demonstrate the diversity and depth of Saskatchewan’s First Nations community and the contributions of First Nations people to the province.

    "This book ... provides an opportunity to set our history to paper — our stories, our experience, our realities, our wisdom, our worldview; perhaps what is most important, it is in our own words." (From the "Foreword")

$19.95

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Sea Cucumbers of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, and Puget Sound
Author: Philip Lambert
Format: Paperback
  • Sea cucumbers have inhabited the world's oceans for about 400 million years. They live in almost any marine habitat, from the fine ooze of the deep ocean to current-swept reefs and rocky shallows. These marine invertebrates are related to sea stars and sea urchins and they are an integral part of our coastal eco-system.

    This is the first handbook devoted to sea cucumbers in the waters of British Columbia, southeast Alaska and northern Washington.

$24.95

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Sea Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, and Puget Sound
Author: Philip Lambert
Format: Paperback
  • In this expanded and revised edition of Sea Stars of British Columbia, originally published in 1981, Philip Lambert describes 43 species and subspecies of sea stars in the coastal waters of northwestern North America. Lambert has expanded the geographic area to include the region from Glacier Bay in southeastern Alaska to the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound of northern Washington. The sea star fauna of this region is the most diverse of all the temperate waters of the world. The great age of the Pacific Basin, and the varied habitats along this complex coastline, created by scouring glaciers and other natural forces, have stimulated the evolution of many new forms.

    Although he covers the coastal waters down to 200 metres below the surface, Lambert lists 26 more species that live below 200 metres and 14 others that occur just outside the region covered by this book.

$19.95

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Seaweed in the Soup
Author: Stanley Evans
Format: Paperback
  • Silas Seaweed is back on the beat as the street-smart Coast Salish cop. A gardener is found dead and the prime suspects are two young local party girls. Silas is handed the case that soon takes a bloodier turn when a policeman's wife is killed. Silas begins to suspect that these murders and other events are related to the recent tide of gang-related crimes that has been sweeping British Columbia. Just as he draws closer to finding concrete evidence, Silas finds his own reputation in danger and is suspended from the police force. His quest to clear his name and find the killers leads him from Victoria's loud and steamy nightclubs and bars to the remote and quiet islands of Desolation Sound.

    The fifth mystery in this popular series, Seaweed in the Soup is a thrilling and suspenseful tale that skilfully combines a hard-boiled mystery narrative with the mythology of the Coast Salish.

$12.95

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Seaweed on Ice
Author: Stanley Evans
Format: Paperback
  • Coast Salish street cop Silas Seaweed has his hands full. An elderly Jewish immigrant has disappeared. An old blind woman has been murdered. Valuable art stolen from German Jews during the Second World War has begun to show up for sale in Victoria's auction houses, and the word on the street is that collectors are planning to loot a priceless Coast Salish archeological site.

    Unravelling these mysteries becomes a life-and-death quest, for when his investigation leads Seaweed into romance, it's just possible that his lover is a ruthless killer.

$12.95

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Seaweed on the Rocks
Author: Stanley Evans
Format: Paperback
  • In this fourth mystery of the Silas Seaweed series, neighborhood cop Silas Seaweed is as always sensitive to his Native culture, but when he's confronted by a ten-foot-tall bear on the outskirts of his hometown, Silas suspects that this is no creature from the unknown world but someone out to con him. And Silas is right, but his attempts to unmask the bear lead him into a labyrinth of blackmail and murder. Along the way he investigates a homeless peoples' sit-in, a burglary in the office of hypnotherapist Dr. Lawrence Trew, and the barely legal world of small-time hood Titus Silverman.Infused with native mythology of the Pacific Northwest and written with the signature fast-paced plot and strong characters of the other three Silas Seaweed mysteries, Seaweed on the Rocks takes you from the picture-postcard views of a quaint garden city to the deeper dark side of its underworld.

$12.95

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Seaweed on the Street
Author: Stanley Evans
Format: Paperback
  • Pretensions, conspiracy, lies . all play a part in this riveting book that kicks off TouchWood Editions' new mystery series featuring Coast Salish investigator Silas Seaweed. A billionaire's daughter with an unsavoury past has mysteriously disappeared. Silas Seaweed, a savvy, street-smart investigator based in Victoria, B.C., is put on the case. His search for the young woman leads him on a trail of murder, greed and obsessive violence. Overcoming such obstacles as a pair of ruthless cocaine dealers, the murder of key witnesses and a failed attempt on his own life, Seaweed perseveres in his quest to bring a master criminal to justice, his journey taking him from the darker side of Victoria's downtown to Nevada's glittering casinos. Blending modern-day crime detection with age-old Coast Salish ritual, Seaweed on the Street is an absorbing, suspenseful page-turner with a pace that never lets up from the first page to the last.

$12.95

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Seaweed Under Water
Author: Stanley Evans
Format: Paperback
  • I knew that if I dived deep enough, the bullets would lose their killing velocity. I heard, or sensed, another explosive blast. My left arm was useless. I kept diving, down and out into deeper, blacker water _

    Coast Salish investigator Silas Seaweed is back in another suspenseful page turner. What begins as a missing person investigation takes a nasty turn when party girl Jane Colby is found drowned, strangulation marks around her neck. Silas soon discovers that some of Jane's friends would benefit by her death. Tackling the case with his usual intelligence, wit and compassion, he sets out to find Jane's killer. His search leads him to a dangerous family with disturbing secrets.

    Solving the case pulls him into Salish mythology and ritual, culminating in a terrifying underwater vision quest - one from which he may never return.

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