Category: Indigenous studies


The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literature

November 15, 2015 | 295 pages
By uncovering residues of ancestral languages found in Indigenous uses of English, Mareike Neuhaus shows how these remainders ground a reading strategy that enables us to approach Indigenous texts as" literatures" in their own right.  More Info

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation

UBC Press | October 1, 2015 | 336 pages
Canada is a country founded on relationships and treaties between Indigenous people and newcomers. Although recent court cases have strengthened Aboriginal rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." Greg... More Info

These Are Our Legends

November 15, 2015 | 120 pages
"These Are Our Legends "gives readers seven traditional Lillooet "sptakwlh--"translated variously as "legends," "myths," or "bed-time stories"--in which shape-shifting animals and other forms of magic realism reign supreme.  More Info

Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America

Duke University Press Books | October 31, 2014 | 354 pages
This important collection of essays expands the geographic, demographic, and analytic scope of the term genocide to encompass the effects of colonialism and settler colonialism in North America. Colonists made multiple and interconnected attempts to destroy Indigenous peoples as groups. The... More Info

This Benevolent Experiment

September 1, 2015 | 253 pages
At the end of the nineteenth century, Indigenous boarding schools were touted as the means for solving the “Indian problem” in both Canada and the United States. With the goal of permanently transforming Indigenous young people into Europeanized colonial subjects, the schools were ultimately a... More Info

The Legend of the Buffalo Stone

Heritage House Publishing | September 17, 2015 | 32 pages
A young girl sets off on a journey in search of a magical stone that can save her people from starvation.  More Info

The First Mosquito

September 17, 2015 | 32 pages
While practising his spear-throwing one day, young Yax loses his spear among the trees. Ignoring his mother’s warnings about the dangers of the woods, he wanders into the forest, only to learn the hard way about the value of parental wisdom. Fortunately, the members of the village are able to... More Info

The First Beaver

September 17, 2015 | 32 pages
This is a story about trust between parents and children and the importance of being true to oneself. Young Reedee, born with shimmering brown hair the colour of Mother Earth, is different from the other people in her village, and it isn’t just her hair that sets her apart. At night, while the... More Info

Brothers of the Wolf

September 17, 2015 | 32 pages
This is the tale two wolf cubs raised as human children in a village on the Pacific coast. The two brothers are very different from one another. One feels most at home in the forest, while the other loves the sea. When they undergo a supernatural transformation, the brothers must part ways. But... More Info

Children of the Broken Treaty

August 22, 2015 | 342 pages
"Children of the Broken Treaty" is a book about how Canada cannot afford to squander the potential of another generation of First Nations children.  More Info

Way Back Then

November 1, 2015 | 40 pages
A sweet and simple bedtime story, written in both English and Inuktitut, introduces readers to several short myths from Inuit mythology Kudlu's children will not go to sleep until he tells them a story of long ago. Before they will shut their eyes, they want to hear about a time long before Kudlu... More Info

In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab

August 1, 2014 | 346 pages
In August 1880, Abraham and seven other Inuit, aged from 9 months to 50 years old, were recruited by Norwegian Johan Adrian Jacobsen to become the latest exotic attraction in Carl Hagenbeck's ethnographic shows. The group was exhibited in zoos in Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Frankfurt, Darmstadt,... More Info

Up Ghost River

Vintage Canada | May 26, 2015 | 352 pages
A powerful, raw and eloquent memoir about the abuse former First Nations chief Edmund Metatawabin endured in residential school in the 1960s, the resulting trauma, and the spirit he rediscovered within himself and his community through traditional spirituality and knowledge. Foreword by Joseph... More Info

Maria Campbell

Guernica Editions | November 30, 2015 | 192 pages
This essay collection gathers together writings on the works of Maria Campbell, feminist, activist, visionary, artist, mother, grandmother, and Métis elder. The book talks truthfully of Maria's journey as a writer, how her writing was infected with her experiences with marginalisation and... More Info

Broken Circle

Heritage House Publishing Co | November 30, 2015 | 190 pages
Theodore Fontaine lost his family and freedom before his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age... More Info

The Sea Is My Country

May 1, 2015 | 416 pages
The first full-scale history of the Makah people of the Pacific Northwest, whose culture and identity is closely bound to the sea  More Info

Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy

Univ of British Columbia Pr | December 1, 2010 | 294 pages
The passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 focused attention on the ways in which Indigenous peoples are adapting to the pressures of globalization and development. This volume extends the discussion by presenting case studies from around the world that explore... More Info

An Act of Genocide

Fernwood Publishing | March 2, 2015 | 192 pages
An in-depth investigation of the forced sterilization of Aboriginal women carried out by the Canadian government.  More Info

Arctic Crime and Punishment

Inhabit Media | May 1, 2015 | 200 pages
In this latest edition in the In Those Days: Collected Writings on Arctic History series, Kenn Harper shares the tales of murderers, thieves, and fraudsters, as well as the wrongfully accused, in the early days of Northern colonization. In the 19th and 20th centuries, settler and Inuit ideas of... More Info

The Lesser Blessed

Douglas & McIntyre | November 30, 1996 | 119 pages
Larry is a Dogrib Indian growing up in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. His tongue, his hallucinations and his fantasies are hotter than the centre of the sun. At sixteen, he loves Iron Maiden, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school "tramp." When Johnny Beck, a Metis from Hay River,... More Info

Life Among the Qallunaat

March 1, 2015 | 304 pages
Mini Aodla Freeman's extraordinary story, sometimes humourous and sometimes heartbreaking, illustrates an Inuit woman's movement between worlds and ways of understanding. This critical edition includes an afterword by Keavy Martin and Julie Rak, with Norma Dunning.  More Info

The Mishomis Book

U of Minnesota Press | January 1, 2010 | 114 pages
For young readers, the collected wisdom and traditions of Ojibway elders.  More Info

Windigo Fire

September 21, 2014 | 290 pages
Danny Bluestone, a young Native Canadian drifting through life, settles for a job at a children's camp in his Northern Ontario hometown of Red Dog Lake. Local entrepreneur, Meredith Easter, offers Danny some easy money: play the role of native scout for his wealthy hunting buddies. Danny knows that... More Info

Many Tender Ties

J Gordon Shillingford Pub Incorporated | November 30, 1999 | 260 pages
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June 16, 2014 | 240 pages
Aisling, a young Cree woman, sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of... More Info

Indians Don't Cry

October 1, 2014 | 168 pages
George Kenny is an Anishinaabe poet and playwright who learned traditional ways from his parents before being sent to residential school in 1958. When Kenny published his first book, 1982's Indians Don't Cry, he joined the ranks of Indigenous writers such as Maria Campbell, Basil Johnston, and Rita... More Info

We Share Our Matters

October 1, 2014 | 240 pages
The Haudenosaunee, more commonly known as the Iroquois or Six Nations, have been one of the most widely written about Indigenous groups in the United States and Canada. But seldom have the voices emerging from this community been drawn on in order to understand its enduring intellectual traditions.... More Info

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest

UBC Press | January 1, 2015 | 472 pages
Jean Barman rewrites the history of the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of French Canadians involved in the fur economy, the indigenous women whose presence in their lives encouraged them to stay, and their descendants. For half a century, French Canadians were the region's largest group of... More Info

Stories Told

November 17, 2008 | 154 pages
Stories Told takes you back into the epic journey of the Berger Inquiry, as Judge Berger travelled from community to community to hear stories told from the hearts of the people who lived in the lands of the North from time immemorial. Through the telling of vivid stories about life on the land,... More Info

Treaty No. 9

November 30, 2015 | 601 pages
For more than a century, the vast lands of Northern Ontario have been shared among the governments of Canada, Ontario, and the First Nations who signed Treaty No. 9 in 1905. For just as long, details about the signing of the constitutionally recognized agreement have been known only through the... More Info

Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual

December 1, 2014 | 488 pages
"A comprehensive bilingual collection of Ashâeninka Perenâe Arawakan oral literature, including traditional narratives, ethnographic accounts of old customs and rituals, contemporary women's autobiographical stories, songs, chants, and ritual speeches"--  More Info

Finding Dahshaa

UBC Press | February 15, 2010 | 192 pages
Just as dahshaa -- a rare type of dried, rotted spruce wood -- is essential to the Dene moosehide-tanning process, self-determination and the alleviation of social suffering are necessary to Indigenous survival in the Northwest Territories.  More Info

Healing Traditions

UBC Press | November 30, 2015 | 503 pages
Aboriginal peoples in Canada have diverse cultures but share common social and political challenges that have contributed to their experiences of health and illness. This collection addresses the origins of mental health and social problems and the emergence of culturally responsive approaches to... More Info

Indigenous Healing

May 20, 2014 | 304 pages
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The Navajo and the Animal People

Fulcrum Pub | September 9, 2014 | 150 pages
A fascinating insight into the Navajo tribe's spiritual relationship with carnivorous animals.  More Info

Sky Loom

November 1, 2014 | 558 pages
Sky Loom offers a dazzling introduction to Native American myths, stories, and songs drawn from previous collections by acclaimed translator and poet Brian Swann. With a general introduction by Swann, Sky Loom is a stunning collection that provides a glimpse into the intricacies and beauties of... More Info

Time Bomb

J. Patrick Boyer Book | November 29, 2014 | 232 pages
A catastrophic confrontation between Canada's so-called "settlers" and First Nations communities, fuelled by fundamental prejudices, misunderstandings, Canada's economic vulnerabilities, and the rising political power within the First Nations society, make such a First Nations uprising feasible... More Info

Unfinished Dreams

University of Toronto Press | November 30, 1998 | 323 pages
Anthropologist Wayne Warry argues that self-government can be realized only when individuals are secure in their cultural identity and can contribute to the transformation of their communities. Warry's notion of community healing involves efforts to rebuild the human foundations for self-governing... More Info

Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities

McGill Queens Univ | January 1, 2012 | 240 pages
"The majority of Aboriginal people in Canada - First Nations, Inuit, and Mâetis - live in urban areas. Public policy making concerning urban Aboriginal people is, however, complex, complicated by geographic variation, and varies greatly in both quality and quantity from municipality to... More Info

Song of Dewey Beard

Bison Books | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
The great Native American warriors and their resistance to the U.S. government in the war against the Plains Indians is a well-known chapter in the story of the American West. In the aftermath of the great resistance, as the Indian nations recovered from war, many figures loomed heroic, yet their... More Info

Reverse Shots

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | October 8, 2014 | 256 pages
From the dawn of cinema, images of Indigenous peoples have been dominated by Hollywood stereotypes and often negative depictions from elsewhere around the world. With the advent of digital technologies, however, many Indigenous peoples are working to redress the imbalance in numbers and counter the... More Info

The Queerness of Native American Literature

November 1, 2014 | 296 pages
With a new and more inclusive perspective for the growing field of queer Native studies, Lisa Tatonetti provides a genealogy of queer Native writing after Stonewall. Looking across a broad range of literature, Tatonetti offers the first overview and guide to queer Native literature from its rise in... More Info

A Story as Sharp as a Knife

Douglas & McIntyre Ltd | April 1, 2011 | 544 pages
A seminal collection of Haida myths and legends; now in a gorgeous new package. The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. Together they created a great treasury of... More Info

Justice to Be Accorded to the Indians

November 30, 2015 | 448 pages
Published by the Salish Kootenai College Press Peter Ronan (1839–93) was the government agent for the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana from 1877 until his death. It was a period of rapid cultural and economic change for the tribes as hunting and... More Info

A Great Many of Us Have Good Farms

March 15, 2014 | 448 pages
Published by the Salish Kootenai College Press Peter Ronan (1839–93) was the government agent for the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana from 1877 until his death. It was a period of rapid cultural and economic change for the tribes as hunting and... More Info

Dawnland Voices

September 1, 2014 | 716 pages
Dawnland Voices calls attention to the little-known but extraordinarily rich literary traditions of New England’s Native Americans. This pathbreaking anthology includes both classic and contemporary literary works from ten New England indigenous nations: the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Mohegan,... More Info

Bad Judgment

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The Comeback

Viking Canada | October 28, 2014 | 224 pages

Terrible Justice

September 22, 2014 | 412 pages
Terrible Justice explores relations not only between the Sioux and their opponents but also the discord among Sioux bands themselves. Moving beyond earlier historians' focus on the Brulé and Oglala bands, Chaky examines how the northern, southern, and Minnesota Sioux bands all became involved in... More Info

Progressive Traditions

July 24, 2014 | 278 pages
According to a dichotomy commonly found in studies of American Indians, some noble Native people defiantly defend their pristine indigenous traditions in honor of their ancestors, while others in weakness or greed surrender their culture and identities to white American economies and institutions.... More Info