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Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids

2021

A collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Flett, Julie, author, illustrator
2020

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions.

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The case of the burgled bundle

The case of the burgled bundle

Hutchinson, Michael, 1971- author.
2021

"The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats--cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the treaty bundle, the center of a four-day-long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out to catch those responsible and help protect Windy Lake's reputation! The history and knowledge passed down to each generation through the bundle is at stake!"-- Page [4] of cover.

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Fatty legs : a true story

Fatty legs : a true story

Jordan-Fenton, Christy, author
2010

The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact.

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Fire song

Fire song

Jones, Adam Garnet, author
2018


Firekeeper's daughter

Firekeeper's daughter

Boulley, Angeline, author
2021

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.

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The girl and the wolf

The girl and the wolf

Vermette, Katherena, 1977-, author
2019

"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again" -- Provided by publisher.

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A girl called Echo. Vol. 1, Pemmican wars

A girl called Echo. Vol. 1, Pemmican wars

Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author
2017

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, and Echo's life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee's lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place--a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie--and back again to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars

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He who dreams

He who dreams

Florence, Melanie, author
2017


How I survived : four nights on the ice

How I survived : four nights on the ice

Ittusardjuat, Serapio, 1945- author
2020

After his snowmobile breaks down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp, Serapio Ittusardjuat recounts the traditional skills and knowledge he leaned on to stay alive. This harrowing first-person account of four nights spent on the open sea ice—with few supplies and no water—shows young readers the determination and strength necessary to survive in the harsh Arctic climate, even when the worst occurs.

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If I go missing

If I go missing

Jonnie, Brianna, author
2019


It's a mitig!

It's a mitig!

George, Bridget, 1994- author, illustrator.
2020

A colourful children's book written in a rhyming combination of English and Ojibwe. It's a Mitig! guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig. Featuring vibrant and playful artwork, an illustrated Ojibwe-to-English glossary and a simple introduction to the double-vowel pronunciation system, plus accompanying online recordings, It's a Mitig! is one of the first books of its kind. It was created for young children and their families with the heartfelt desire to spark a lifelong interest in learning language.

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It's time for bed

It's time for bed

Mearns, Ceporah, 1986- author
2018

It's time for Siasi to go to bed, but she doesn't want to brush her teeth or put away her toys. It's so much more fun to play with all the animals of the Arctic! Wouldn't everyone rather dance with a polar bear, howl with the wolves, and swim with the fish than get ready for bed? In this charming bedtime story, readers follow Siasi on a nighttime adventure as she comes up with excuse after excuse for why she's not quite ready to go to bed.

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The marrow thieves

The marrow thieves

Dimaline, Cherie, 1975- author
2018

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

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The outside circle

The outside circle

LaBoucane-Benson, Patti, 1969- author
2015


Powwow : a celebration through song and dance

Powwow : a celebration through song and dance

Pheasant-Neganigwane, Karen, author
2020

Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series for middle readers. Illustrated with photographs, Powwow is a guide to the dance, music and culture of this Indigenous celebration.

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Siha Tooskin knows the nature of life

Siha Tooskin knows the nature of life

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author.
2020

"Paul (Siha Tooskin) spends some time with his mother and they discuss the nature of life with respect to animals, the environment, and the Creator in the Nakota Indigenous tradition. There are also themes of endurance and resilience when faced with difficult times."-- Provided by publisher.

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Stolen words

Stolen words

Florence, Melanie, author
2017


Strangers

Strangers

Robertson, David, 1977- author
2017


Surviving the city. Volume 1

Surviving the city. Volume 1

Spillett-Sumner, Tasha, 1988- author
2018

Tasha Spillet's graphic-novel debut, Surviving the city, is a story about womanhood, friendship, resilience, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan's Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape - they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't? Colonialism and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People are explored in Natasha Donovan's beautiful illustrations.

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Sweetest Kulu

Sweetest Kulu

Kalluk, Celina, author
2014


This place : 150 years retold

This place : 150 years retold

2019

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

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Those who run in the sky

Those who run in the sky

Johnston, Aviaq, author
2017


What's my superpower?

What's my superpower?

Johnston, Aviaq, author
2017