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Napachee
Author: Robert Feagan
Format: Paperback
  • Napachee is tired of Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. He is tired of the traditional Inuit hunt and of fighting with his father, who shuns snowmobiles for dog sleds and tents for igloos. When two men from the Edmonton zoo fly in to capture a polar bear cub, Napachee spies his chance at a trip to the big city, but soon discovers that life there is not what he had expected.

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Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Lives of Gang Members in Canada
Author: Mark Totten
Format: Paperback
  • United Nations, Red Scorpions, the Crazy Dragons, Fresh Off the Boat, Indian Posse, Native Syndicate, Mad Cowz, Bloods, Jamestown Crips, Bo-Gars, Crack Down Posse, African Mafia, Galloway Boys, Malvern Crew, Manitoba Warriors, and North Preston's Finest. These are only some of the gangs active in Canada today.

    Dr. Mark Totten has spent fifteen years learning all about these gangs and the young men and women who belong to them. He has interviewed over 500 gang members across the country, traced their lives from infancy to adulthood, and explored the roots of their involvement in crime and their reliance on violence.

    This book offers a groundbreaking picture of the reality of gangs in Canada. Much of what Dr. Totten has to say is at odds with popular ideas. His research leads him to believe that breaking through the circumstances that produce young criminals is far more difficult than most people think. For most individuals caught up in gang life, exiting that world is next to impossible--in fact, the most common way out is an early death from violence or suicide. This book opens the door on a way of life unknown to most Canadians.

$24.95

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Native American Survival Skills
Author: W. Ben Hunt
Format: Paperback
  • W. Ben Hunt, whose Sioux name was Tasunka Witko, traveled throughout the Midwest, living with several Native American tribes, finally settling near the site of the last Sioux uprising. Here he provides step-by-step instructions and exact dimensions to make Sioux ghost shirts, Plains Indian shields, box traps, Iniut snowshoes, and more. From making rawhide to putting the finishing touches on a pair of moccasins, beginners and seasoned woodsmen alike will enjoy making the tools and camp equipment that were used for centuries. Native American Survival Skills is a remarkable source of information about the Americans who first pioneered self-sufficient living. In it, there are lessons for all of us today.
    About the Author
    W. Ben Hunt, born at the close of the nineteenth century, spent many years roaming the Midwest and living occasionally with Native American tribes. The line drawings he made on such excursions preserved the Native American s survival techniques. An author of more than twenty books, he died in 1970.

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Native Canadian Fiction And Drama
Format: Paperback
  • A wide-ranging anthology of contemporary native fiction and drama, the work of men and women of many tribal affiliations, startling in their reinvention of traditional material and their invention of a modern life that is authentic. All these new (and some few older) writers operate not as apologists or explainers, but as present day story-tellers of their people: Richard Van Camp, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Melissa Hardy, Sharon Proulx-Turner, Lauren B. Davis, and of course, Daniel David Moses, along with fifteen other authors.

$22.95

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Nenapohs Legends: Memoir 2
Author: Margaret Cote
Format: Paperback
  • As the second volume in the First Nations Language Readers series, this collection presents seven Saulteaux (Ojibway) language texts in both the standard roman orthography and Syllabics, with English translation and a glossary of Saulteaux words. These texts are traditional stories of the Saulteaux Trickster, Nenapohs

$19.95

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News: Postcards From The Four Directions
Format: Paperback
  • Exotic postcards from playwright, novelist and screenwriter Drew Hayden Taylor's globetrotting adventures, with news about aboriginal peoples around the world.

$24.95

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Ni'n na L'nu The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island
Traditional Territory: Mi’kmaw
Format: Paperback
  • This lavishly-illustrated book tells a story through words and images that has never before been told, not in any single book. The focus is entirely on the Mi'kmaq of the Island, an island which for thousands of years has been known to the Mi'kmaq and their ancestors as Epekwitk. That name means "cradle on the sea" and no more poetic description of PEI has ever been penned. The story of the PEI Mi'kmaq is one of adaptation and perseverance across countless generations in the face of pervasive change. Today's environment is far from what it was millennia ago. So too, the economy, society, lifestyle, language and religion of the people has witnessed some dramatic shifts. Nonetheless, despite all the changes, today's Mi'kmaq feel deeply connected to the Island in its entirety and to their ancestors and the values they still share. This book tells those many stories, and communicates much more. While the book is a stand-alone publication, it is also a companion to a travelling exhibition of the same name.

    - Winner of APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award
    - Winner of PEI Book Award for Non-fiction

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Night Moves
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • As a window into the magic and medicine of the Northwest Territories, Richard Van Camp's fourth short story collection is hilarious and heartbreaking. A teenaged boy confesses to a vicious assault on a cross-dressing classmate; Lance tells the sensual story of becoming much closer to his wife's dear friend Juanita; while a reluctant giant catches up with gangsters Torchy and Sfen in a story with shades of supernatural and earthly menace.

    Night Moves continues to explore the incredible lives of indigenous characters introduced in The Lesser Blessed, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go, and Godless but Loyal to Heaven. If this is your first time to Fort Simmer and Fort Smith, welcome. If it's another visit - come on in: we've left the lights on for you.

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Night Sky Guide
Format: Pamphlet
  • This ingenious guide gives beginning stargazers instant access to just what they need to know

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Night Wings
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Hardcover
  • My dream from lat night haunts me. I am still running, still trying to hide from something I cannot see. And though Paul has always depended on the wisdom of his Abenaki Ancestors' stories to guide his footsteps, no monster tale could have prepared him for what he is about to encounter, alone, at the top of one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Ages 10 and up

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Nine Visits to the Mythworld
Author: Robert Ghandl
Format: Paperback
  • In the Fall of 1900, a young American anthropologist named John Swanton arrived in the Haida country, on the Northwest Coast of North America, intending to learn everything he could about Haida mythology. He spent the next ten months phonetically transcribing several thousand pages of myths, stories, histories and songs in the Haida language. Swanton met a number of fine mythtellers during his year in the Haida country. Each had his own style and his own repertoire. Two of them -- a blind man in his fifties by the name of Ghandl, and a crippled septuagenarian named Skaay -- were artists of extraordinary stature, revered in their own communities and admired ever since by the few specialists aware of their great legacy.

    Nine Visits to the Mythworld includes all the finest works of one of these master mythtellers. In November 1900, when Ghandl dictated these nine stories, the Haida world lay in ruins. Wave upon wave of smallpox and other diseases, rapacious commercial exploitation by fur traders, whalers and miners, and relentless missionization by the church had taken a huge toll on Haida culture. Yet in the blind poet's mind, the great tradition lived, and in his voice it comes alive. Robert Bringhurst's eloquent and vivid translations of these works are supplemented by explanatory notes that supply the needed background information, and by photographs of masterworks of Haida visual art, in which the stories Ghandl tells are given potent visual form.

$24.95

In Re-Print
Ninstints: Haida World Heritage Site
Format: Paperback
  • Breathtaking photographs make this volume an unforgettable visual experience. Individual works of superlative Northwest Coast Indian art appear on large pages, their colors vivid against black backgrounds. Most startling and awe inspiring are the many masks, made of wood and other materials, that represent animal spirits and shamans; for instance, the gorgeous thunderbird transformation mask with its dark, curved beak and red feathers, which is shown closed and then open to reveal the metamorphosed turquoise human face within. Other photos display detailed carvings on boxes, utensils, and even houses. The detailed text is well wrought, both academically solid and accessible. But it is the photographs that make one gasp with admiration.

$21.95

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Nkij’inen Teluet / Our Grandmothers’ Words: Traditional Stories For Nurturing
Format: Paperback
  • Traditional child raising practices recognize that you begin to raise a child from the moment you know you are pregnant, this book shares the Grandmother’s understandings for pregnancy and birth as well as some traditional stories that are used to help guide and nurture parents and children as they grow together.

    This book is created by Prune Harris from the words and wisdom of four Grandmothers from the Mi’kmaw Nation of Eskasoni. They are Diana Denny, Murdena Marshall, Susie Marshall and Veronica (Flo) Young.

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No Name
Author: Tim Tingle
Format: Paperback
  • Inspired by the traditional Choctaw story "No Name," this modern adaptation features a present-day Choctaw teenager surviving tough family times--his mother splits, leaving him with a mean-spirited, abusive father. The one place the teen can find peace is on the neighborhood basketball court. But after a violent confrontation with his father, the teen runs away, only to return home to find an unexpected hiding spot in his own backyard. His hiding spot becomes his home for weeks, until the help and encouragement of a basketball coach, a Cherokee buddy, and a quiet next-door girlfriend help him to face his father.

    Reading Level: 4.0

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No Safe Place
Author: Deborah Ellis
Format: Paperback
  • Orphaned and plagued with the grief of losing everyone he loves, fifteen-year-old Abdul has made a long, fraught journey from his war-torn home in Baghdad, only to end up in The Jungle -- the squalid, makeshift migrant community in Calais.

    When an altercation at the soup kitchen ends up with him accidently stabbing a policeman, Abdul has to flee, and in desperation he takes a spot in a small boat heading to England. A sudden skirmish leaves the boat stalled in the middle of the Channel, the pilot dead, and four young people remaining -- Abdul; Rosalia, a Romani girl who has escaped from the white slave trade; Cheslav, gone AWOL from a Russian military school; and Jonah, the boat pilot's ten-year-old nephew.

    The four of them end up hijacking a yacht and, despite their fear and mistrust, they form a kind of makeshift family. And as the authorities close in on them, they find refuge in an unusual place -- a child's secret cave on the English coast.

$12.95

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