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By Jocelyn Sioui. 2020
Il existe dans chaque famille des histoires qui laissent des traces pour des générations. Des micromythes qui ne sortent pas…de la microcellule familiale. Qu'on entretient un peu comme... comme le feu d'un poêle à combustion lente : une bûche de temps en temps.Mononk Jules reconstitue le parcours de Jules Sioui, un Wendat qui a bousculé l'Histoire canadienne avant de sombrer dans un énorme trou de mémoire familial et historique. Dans sa tentative de comprendre comment s'écrit l'Histoire (ou comment elle ne s'écrit pas) l'auteur se retrouve, malgré lui, face à un colosse aux pieds d'argile. Comédien, dramaturge et marionnettiste, Jocelyn Sioui tire ici sur les petits et grands fils de l'histoire de cet énigmatique grand-oncle, héros autochtone du 20e siècle.
By Michael Freeman. 2018
Savannah's storied history begins with Native Americans. The Guales lived along the Georgia coast for hundreds of years and were…the first to encounter Spanish missionaries from St. Augustine in the 1500s. Tomochichi of the Yamacraw tribe is lauded as the co-founder of Georgia for his efforts in helping James Oglethorpe establish the Savannah colony in the eighteenth century. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson forced southeastern Native American tribes to resettle in the West, including descendants of the Savannah Creek, who had fought by Jackson's side at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Michael Freeman explores the legacy of coastal Georgia's Native Americans and the role they played in founding Savannah.
The Black Hawk War was the final conflict east of the Mississippi River between American Indian communities and the United…States regular troops and militia. Exploring the museums, wayside markers and parks relating to that struggle is not just a journey of historic significance through beautiful natural scenery. It is also an amazing convergence of legendary personalities, from Abraham Lincoln to Jefferson Davis. Follow the fallout of the war from the Quad Cities on the Illinois/Iowa border, through the "Trembling Lands" along the Kettle Morraine and into the Driftless Area of southern Wisconsin. Pairing local insight with big-picture perspective, Ben Strand charts an overlooked quadrant of America's frontier heritage.
By Sheila North. 2022
In September 2015, Sheila North was declared the Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), the first woman elected to…the position. Known as a "bridge builder", North is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation. North's work in advocacy journalism, communications, and economic development harnessed her passion for drawing focus to systemic racism faced by Indigenous women and girls. She is the creator of the widely used hashtag #MMIW. In her memoir, Sheila North shares the stories of the events that shaped her, and the violence that nearly stood in the way of her achieving her dreams. Through perseverance and resilience, she not only survived, she flourished.
By Tomson Highway. 2021
Capricious, big-hearted, joyful: an epic memoir from one of Canada’s most acclaimed Indigenous writers and performersTomson Highway was born in…a snowbank on an island in the sub-Arctic, the eleventh of twelve children in a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family. Growing up in a land of ten thousand lakes and islands, Tomson relished being pulled by dogsled beneath a night sky alive with stars, sucking the juices from roasted muskrat tails, and singing country music songs with his impossibly beautiful older sister and her teenaged friends. Surrounded by the love of his family and the vast, mesmerizing landscape they called home, his was in many ways an idyllic far-north childhood. But five of Tomson's siblings died in childhood, and Balazee and Joe Highway, who loved their surviving children profoundly, wanted their two youngest sons, Tomson and Rene, to enjoy opportunities as big as the world. And so when Tomson was six, he was flown south by float plane to attend a residential school. A year later Rene joined him to begin the rest of their education. In 1990 Rene Highway, a world-renowned dancer, died of an AIDS-related illness. Permanent Astonishment: Growing Up in the Land of Snow and Sky is Tomson's extravagant embrace of his younger brother's final words: "Don't mourn me, be joyful." His memoir offers insights, both hilarious and profound, into the Cree experience of culture, conquest, and survival.
By Jim Kristofic. 2011
Pennsylvania native recalls his move at age seven to the Navajo reservation. The author, who was known as "White Apple"…to his new classmates, discusses his initial difficulties amidst relentless teasing and the eventual acceptance and admiration he felt for the people and the land. He reflects on how his experiences changed his own identity, and how these differences were magnified when he attended an eastern liberal arts college. Some strong language
By Ruby Peter, Helene Demers. 2021
A narrative of resistance and resilience spanning seven decades in the life of a tireless advocate for Indigenous language preservation.…Life histories are a form of contemporary social history and convey important messages about identity, cosmology, social behaviour and one's place in the world. This first-person oral history—the first of its kind ever published by the Royal BC Museum—documents a period of profound social change through the lens of Sti'tum'atul'wut—also known as Mrs. Ruby Peter—a Cowichan elder who made it her life's work to share and safeguard the ancient language of her people: Hul'q'umi'num'. Over seven decades, Sti'tum'atul'wut mentored hundreds of students and teachers and helped thousands of people to develop a basic knowledge of the Hul'q'umi'num' language. She contributed to dictionaries and grammars, and helped assemble a valuable corpus of stories, sound and video files—with more than 10,000 pages of texts from Hul'q'umi'num' speakers—that has been described as "a treasure of linguistic and cultural knowledge." Without her passion, commitment and expertise, this rich legacy of material would not exist for future generations
By Mark Anthony Rolo. 2012
Mark Anthony Rolo recreates a picture of his often conflicted mother during the last three years of her life. Rolo…recounts stories of a woman who battles poverty, depression, her abusive husband, and isolation through the long northern Minnesota winters, and of himself, her son, who struggles at school, wrestles with his Ojibwe identity, and copes with violence. Some strong language
By Leslie Marmon Silko. 2010
The author of Ceremony (RC 13366) describes the people, animals, and spirits she encountered in New Mexico and Arizona. Ever…attentive to the world around her, she often walked along the arroyos of Tucson, looking for the glint of blue turquoise on the desert floor. She discusses her diverse ancestry, her experiences painting and writing, and her kinship with rattlesnakes
By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila. 2012
Memoir of an original Navajo code talker during World War II. The author reminisces about a childhood spent near the…reservation in New Mexico, the hardships he faced attending various boarding schools, and his pride at being selected as a marine. He soon discovered that his secret mission would put him in the midst of many deadly battles in the Pacific, though the unbreakable code would turn the tide of the war. Some strong language
By Mike Burns, Gregory McNamee. 2012
The author describes his capture as a child by the US military in 1872 and his subsequent work as an…Indian scout throughout Arizona and the American West. Contains some violence
By Elissa Washuta. 2014
Elissa Washuta has written an honest, free-wheeling memoir of native identity, sexual violence, and bipolar disorder. She's a survivor who…has been through a lot. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language
Born in the late 1700s, Chief Seattle was an established leader when settlers arrived at the site of the city…that bears his name. His working relations with the settlers helped shape the future of the city and his people. Some violence
By Trova Heffernan. 2013
Salmon fishing was an integral part of northwestern Native American lives and guaranteed to the tribes under treaty rights. These…fishing rights were ignored until the 1960s when Native American activists like Billy Frank Jr. fought to reassert them. His work on Native American rights continued even after winning the Boldt decision that reaffirmed tribal fishing rights
By Nicola I. Campbell. 2021
Captivating and deeply moving, this story basket of memories tells one Indigenous woman’s journey of overcoming adversity and colonial trauma…to find strength through creative works and traditional perspectives of healing, transformation, and resurgence.
By Sasha LaPointe. 2022
An Indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage…in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent homeSasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe has always longed for a sense of home. When she was a child, her family moved around frequently, often staying in barely habitable church attics and trailers, dangerous places for young Sasha. With little more to guide her than a passion for the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest and a desire to live up to the responsibility of being the namesake of her beloved great-grandmother—a linguist who helped preserve her Indigenous language of Lushootseed—Sasha throws herself headlong into the world, determined to build a better future for herself and her people. Set against a backdrop of the breathtaking beauty of Coast Salish ancestral land and imbued with the universal spirit of punk, Red Paint is ultimately a story of the ways we learn to find our true selves while fighting for our right to claim a place of our own. Examining what it means to be vulnerable in love and in art, Sasha offers up an unblinking reckoning with personal traumas amplified by the collective historical traumas of colonialism and genocide that continue to haunt native peoples. Red Paint is an intersectional autobiography of lineage, resilience, and, above all, the ability to heal.
By William L. Iġġiaġruk Hensley, William L. Hensley. 2009
The author, an Iñupiat elder and chair of the First Alaskans Institute, describes his traditional, seminomadic childhood as well as…his later education in the lower forty-eight states. Discusses his stint in the Alaska state legislature, role in the native land-claims movement, and commitment to preserving his culture. 2009
By Kliph Nesteroff. 2021
A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and Esquire From Kliph Nesteroff, "the human encyclopedia of comedy" ( VICE ),…comes the important and underappreciated story of Native Americans and comedy. It was one of the most reliable jokes in Charlie Hill's stand-up routine: "My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York. We had a little real estate problem." In We Had a Little Real Estate Problem , acclaimed comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff focuses on one of comedy's most significant and little-known stories: how, despite having been denied representation in the entertainment industry, Native Americans have influenced and advanced the art form. The account begins in the late 1880s, when Native Americans were forced to tour in wild west shows as an alternative to prison. (One modern comedian said it was as "if a Guantanamo detainee suddenly had to appear on X-Factor .") This is followed by a detailed look at the life and work of seminal figures such as Cherokee humorist Will Rogers and Hill, who in the 1970s was the first Native American comedian to appear The Tonight Show . Also profiled are several contemporary comedians, including Jonny Roberts, a social worker from the Red Lake Nation who drives five hours to the closest comedy club to pursue his stand-up dreams; Kiowa-Apache comic Adrianne Chalepah, who formed the touring group the Native Ladies of Comedy; and the 1491s, a sketch troupe whose satire is smashing stereotypes to critical acclaim. As Ryan Red Corn, the Osage member of the 1491s, says: "The American narrative dictates that Indians are supposed to be sad. It's not really true and it's not indicative of the community experience itself...Laughter and joy is very much a part of Native culture." Featuring dozens of original interviews and the exhaustive research that is Nesteroff's trademark, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem is a powerful tribute to a neglected legacy
By Bevann Fox. 2020
Genocidal Love delves into the long-term effects of childhood trauma on those who attended residential school. Presenting herself as “Myrtle,”…Bevann Fox weaves truth and fiction together and demonstrates the power of story to help in recovery and healing.
The award-winning Indigenous author of Monkey Beach shares tales from her family, her life, and her culture.In March 2010 the…Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist and storyteller Eden Robinson at the 4th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Robinson shared an intimate look into the intricacies of family, culture, and place through her talk, “The Sasquatch at Home.” Robinson’s disarming honesty and wry irony shine through her depictions of her and her mother’s trip to Graceland, the Potlatch where she and her sister received their Indian names, how her parents first met in Bella Bella (Waglisla, British Columbia) and a wilderness outing where she and her father try to get a look at b’gwus, the Sasquatch. Readers of memoir; Indigenous literatures, histories and cultures; and fans of Robinson’s delightful, poignant, sometimes quirky tales will love The Sasquatch at Home.“[Robinson] strikes sweetly at the commonality of people rather than narrowing in on cultural differences. The entire book is fast, colloquial, and engaging; concise enough to be read in one sitting, yet retaining the weightiness of a larger work. Its brevity makes it an ideal re-read and the second reading proves just as entertaining. The funny parts remain funny, the rendering of landscapes evocative and intimate, and the general themes stay relevant. Through rich and often comic dialogue and her painterly descriptions of the northwest landscape, Eden Robinson presents a glimpse into her community with the delicious, whispered quality of a well-told, yet well-protected, family story.” —Cara-Lyn Morgan, The Malahat Review, Winter 2011“Offers the reader a taste of her skill as a storyteller. The book is a tiny gem. . . . This brilliant little jewel, under fifty pages, offers readers a quick, but intense opportunity to experience the work of a rising Canadian writer. Like her novel, Monkey Beach, the accessibility of The Sasquatch at Home suggests its appropriateness for use in undergraduate courses. Above all, it is an essential acquisition for anyone with an interest in Pacific Northwest or Native Canadian studies, but it is also a find for those who just like a good story.” —Amy J. Ransom, American Review of Canadian Studies