Recent Books with Indigenous Representation

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Ancestor Approved Intertribal Stories for Kids.

Ancestor Approved Intertribal Stories for Kids.

Smith, Cynthia.
2021

This 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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Call me Indian : from the trauma of residential school to becoming the NHL's first Treaty Indigenous player

Call me Indian : from the trauma of residential school to becoming the NHL's first Treaty Indigenous player

Sasakamoose, Fred, 1933- author
2021

Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. When people tell his story, this is usually where they end it. Sasakamoose's story was far from over. He paved a way for youth to find solace and meaning in sports for generations to come. This ground breaking memoir intersects Canadian history and Indigenous politics, and follows his journey to reclaim pride in an identity that had previously been used against him.

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Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer

Sorell, Traci.
2021

"Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as the company's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work"-- Provided by publisher.

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Elvis, me, and the lemonade stand summer

Elvis, me, and the lemonade stand summer

Gentile, Leslie, 1959-, author
2021

It's the summer of 1978 and most people think Elvis Presley has been dead for a year. But not eleven-year-old Truly Bateman - because she knows Elvis is alive and well and living in the Eagle Shores Trailer Park. Maybe no one ever thought to look for him on an Indigenous reserve on Vancouver Island. It's a busy summer for Truly. Though her mother is less of a mother than she ought to be, and spends her time drinking and smoking and working her way through new boyfriends, Truly is determined to raise as much money for herself as she can through her lemonade stand ... and to prove that her cool new neighbour is the one and only King of Rock 'n' Roll. And when she can't find motherly support in her own home, she finds sanctuary with Andy El, the Salish woman who runs the trailer park.

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Firekeeper's Daughter

Firekeeper's Daughter

Boulley, Angeline
2021


A girl called Echo. Vol. 4, Road allowance era

A girl called Echo. Vol. 4, Road allowance era

Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author.
2021

"In the fourth volume of A Girl Called Echo, Echo Desjardins resumes her time travel and learns more about M©♭tis history in Canada, including the "road allowance" land set aside by the crown, and the former community known as "Rooster Town" in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She also witnesses the trial of Louis Riel in Regina, Saskatchewan."-- Provided by publisher.

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Healer of the water monster

Healer of the water monster

Young, Brian (Brian Lee), author
2021

A novel inspired by Navajo culture follows the experiences of a boy whose summer at his grandmother's reservation home is shaped by his uncle's addictions and an encounter with a sacred being from the Navajo creation story.

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Indian in the cabinet : speaking truth to power

Indian in the cabinet : speaking truth to power

Wilson-Raybould, Jody, 1971-, author
2021


Life in the city of dirty water : a memoir of healing

Life in the city of dirty water : a memoir of healing

Thomas-Müller, Clayton, author
2021

"An electrifying memoir that braids together the urgent issues of Indigenous rights and environmental policy, from a nationally and internationally recognized activist and survivor. There have been many Clayton Thomas-Müllers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain. But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents' trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba. And it's this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples' lands by Big Oil. Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of Canada's First Nations into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Müller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility."-- Publisher's description.

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Little Moar and the Moon

Little Moar and the Moon

Akulukjuk, Roselynn
2021


Little Wolf

Little Wolf

Spathelfer, Teoni.

A young Indigenous girl moves to the big city and learns to find connections to her culture and the land wherever she goes, despite encountering bullies and feelings of isolation along the way.

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My Heart Is A Chainsaw

My Heart Is A Chainsaw

Jones, Stephen Graham
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Nishga

Nishga

Abel, Jordan, 1985- author
2020

An autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence.

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The power of style : how fashion and beauty are being used to reclaim cultures

The power of style : how fashion and beauty are being used to reclaim cultures

Allaire, Christian, 1992- author.
2021

"Style is not just the clothes on our backs--it is self-expression, representation, and transformation. As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he looked to for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that--because clothes are never just clothes. Men's heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice."-- Provided by publisher.

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Sisters of the Neversea.

Sisters of the Neversea.

Smith, Cynthia L.
2021


Sufferance : a novel

Sufferance : a novel

King, Thomas, 1943- author
2021

Jeremiah Camp can look into the heart of humanity and see the patterns that create opportunities and profits for the rich and powerful. Ash Locken, head of the Locken Group, the multinational consortium that Jeremiah had fled, arrives on his doorstep with a simple proposition. She wants our hero to formulate one more forecast. Before he left the Locken empire, Jeremiah had created a list of twelve names, every one a billionaire. The problem is, the people on the list are dying at an alarming and unnatural rate. And Ash Locken wants to know why.

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The used-to-be best friend

The used-to-be best friend

Quigley, Dawn, author.
2021

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn--about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly. Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore...

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We dream medicine dreams

We dream medicine dreams

Boivin, Lisa, 1970-
2021

When a little girl dreams about a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect with the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou, and Wolf all have teachings to share to help us live a good life. But when Grampa gets sick and falls into a coma, the little girl must lean on his teachings as she learns to say goodbye.

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Woman Between the Worlds : A Call to Your Ancestral and Indigenous Wisdom.

Woman Between the Worlds : A Call to Your Ancestral and Indigenous Wisdom.

Colorado, Apela.
2021

Inspirational world authority on indigenous wisdom Apela Colorado works internationally to preserve the wisdom of indigenous elders from around the world. In this powerful and inspirational book, she weaves together an intricate and beautiful insight into the way that indigenous people see the world. A unique and magical glimpse into the minds of those elders will inspire us all to reconnect more closely with our own ancestral wisdom. Journey back in time to preserve a connection to the ancestors, open a door to indigenous wisdom and healing and reclaim a Creation story for the future.

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