New Indigenous books - April 2021

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7 Generations. 1, Stone

7 Generations. 1, Stone

Robertson, David, 1977- author
2010


The barren grounds

The barren grounds

Robertson, David, 1977- author
2020

"Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home -- until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything -- including them."-- Provided by publisher.

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Crow winter

Crow winter

McBride, Karen, author
2019

Nanabush. A name that has a certain weight on the tongue--a taste. Like lit sage in a windowless room or aluminum foil on a metal filling. Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he's here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad's been dead for almost two years and she hasn't quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod? Soon Hazel learns that there's more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that's been lying unsullied for over a century on her father's property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

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The ghost collector

The ghost collector

Mills, Allison, author
2019

Shelly loves using the gift she shares with her Kokum. They have the ability to catch ghosts in their hair and help them to pass on from this world. But after Shelly’s mom dies, things change. Shelly starts holding on to the ghosts, in hopes that she can connect with her mother’s spirit.

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A history of my brief body

A history of my brief body

Belcourt, Billy-Ray, author
2020

Billy-Ray Belcourt's debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. From there, it expands to encompass the big and broken world around him, in all its complexity and contradictions. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place.

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I can make this promise

I can make this promise

Day, Christine, 1993- author
2019

When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family's history and her own identity.

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If I go missing

If I go missing

Jonnie, Brianna, author
2019


Jonny Appleseed

Jonny Appleseed

Whitehead, Joshua (Writer), author
2018


A mind spread out on the ground

A mind spread out on the ground

Elliott, Alicia, author
2019

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism. What are the links between depression, colonialism and loss of language--both figurative and literal? How does white privilege operate in different contexts? How do we navigate the painful contours of mental illness in loved ones without turning them into their sickness? How does colonialism operate on the level of literary criticism? A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is Alicia Elliott's attempt to answer these questions and more.

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Noopiming : the cure for white ladies

Noopiming : the cure for white ladies

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake, 1971- author
2020

Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator's will; Ninaatig, the maple tree ; Mindimooyenh, the old woman; Sabe, the giant; Adik, the caribou; Asin, the human; and Lucy, the human. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world. Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for "in the bush" and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie's 1852 memoir Roughing it in the bush.

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Return of the Trickster

Return of the Trickster

Robinson, Eden, author
2021

The third and final book of the brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy. Jared finally knows for sure that he has no hope of ever being normal because he really is the son of Wee'git, a Trickster, and he's won the magic lottery - he is the only one of Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster too. Everyone else he loves is either pissed with him or in danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed in their world. A horrible place to be for one whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world around him a kinder, safer, place.

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Siha Tooskin knows the best medicine

Siha Tooskin knows the best medicine

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author.
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) is ill in the hospital and there he learns about the combination of Western medicine and Nakota remedies that will help him get better."-- Provided by publisher.

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Siha Tooskin knows the catcher of dreams

Siha Tooskin knows the catcher of dreams

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) learns from his grandmother about how a dream catcher is made, and how it will protect his baby sister from bad dreams when she is asleep."-- Provided by publisher.

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Siha Tooskin knows the gifts of his people

Siha Tooskin knows the gifts of his people

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author.
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) has a school assignment to talk about healthy foods from his (Nakota) culture. His father teaches him about the Indigenous origins of many foods that we enjoy today."-- Provided by publisher.

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Siha Tooskin knows the love of the dance

Siha Tooskin knows the love of the dance

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) and his Uncle Lenard help a school friend, Jeff learn about Nakota forms of traditional and non-traditional dance at a pow wow."-- Provided by publisher.

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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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Siha Tooskin knows the offering of tobacco

Siha Tooskin knows the offering of tobacco

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author.
2020

"Ms. Baxter, a schoolteacher, is hoping to invite Siha Tooskin's (Paul's) grandparents to visit the classroom to offer information for her science class, and she asks Paul the respectful protocol for doing so, which in Nakota culture can involve the offering of tobacco."-- Provided by publisher.

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Siha Tooskin knows the sacred eagle feather

Siha Tooskin knows the sacred eagle feather

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) learns from his grandfather about the eagle and the importance of respecting it and its feathers, along with other creatures in nature."-- Provided by publisher.

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Siha Tooskin knows the strength of his hair

Siha Tooskin knows the strength of his hair

Bearhead, Charlene, 1963- author
2020

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) experiences a bit of teasing (bullying) about his braid and his grandfather teaches him about how he can find strength in his hair through the Nakota tradition and rise above such petty taunts."-- Provided by publisher.

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Split tooth

Split tooth

Tagaq, 1975- author
2019

Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

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Warrior life : Indigenous resistance & resurgence

Warrior life : Indigenous resistance & resurgence

Palmater, Pamela D. (Pamela Doris), 1970- author
2020

This is the second collection of writings, Pamela Palmater addresses a range of Indigenous issues - empty political promises, ongoing racism, sexualized genocide, government lawlessness, and the lie that is reconciliation - and makes the complex political and legal implications accessible to the public. This is an unflinching critique of the colonial project that is Canada and a rallying cry for Indigenous peoples and allies alike to forge a path toward a decolonial future through resistance and resurgence.

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