Category: Indigenous studies

Light at the Edge of the World

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | April 28, 2007 | 202 pages
The author recounts his journeys throughout the world to explore the wealth of human diversity, and argues for the preservation of endangered traditional cultures in regions ranging from the Amazon to the Canadian Arctic to Tibet.  More Info

Recording Their Story

Douglas & McIntyre | October 30, 2007 | 207 pages
Recording Their Storyrecounts the life and work of groundbreaking ethnologist James Teit and presents the key collections of Tahltan materials he gathered in the early 1900's. Teit's connection to the Canadian Museum of Civilization and his ethnographic work among the Tahltan of northern British... More Info

Me Funny

Douglas & McIntyre | June 18, 2019 | 191 pages
"An irreverent, insightful take on our First Nations' great gift to Canada, delivered by a stellar cast of contributors. Humour has always been an essential part of North American Aboriginal culture. This fact remained unnoticed by most settlers, however, since non-Aboriginals just didn't get the... More Info

Raven's Cry

Douglas & McIntyre | June 18, 1992 | 224 pages
The Haida are a proud and cultured people, whose home is Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) off the coast of Northern British Columbia. Until the first Europeans arrived in 1775, the Haida were the lords of the coast. The meeting of cultures was a fateful one: the Europeans had the... More Info

One Story, One Song

Douglas & McIntyre Ltd | April 1, 2011 | 272 pages
A new collection of warm, wise and inspiring stories from the author of the bestselling One Native Life. Since its publication in 2008, readers and reviewers have embraced Richard Wagamese’s One Native Life. “In quiet tones and luminous language,” wrote the Winnipeg Free Press, “Wagamese... More Info

Reservation Reelism

July 1, 2013 | 360 pages
In this engaging account, Michelle H. Raheja offers the first book-length study of the Indigenous actors, directors, and spectators who not only helped shape Hollywood's representation of Indigenous peoples but also, through their very participation, complicated the dominant, and usually negative,... More Info

The Great Sioux Nation

Bison Books | May 1, 2013 | 224 pages
“If the moral issues raised by the Sioux people in the federal courtroom that cold month of December 1974 spark a recognition among the readers of a common destiny of humanity over and above the rules and regulations, the codes and statutes, and the power of the establishment to enforce its will,... More Info

Inuit Shamanism and Christianity

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP | January 1, 2010 | 488 pages
Using archival material and oral testimony collected during workshops in Nunavut between 1996 and 2008, Frédéric Laugrand and Jarich Oosten provide a nuanced look at Inuit religion, offering a strong counter narrative to the idea that traditional Inuit culture declined post-contact. They show... More Info

Message Sticks

April 30, 2013 | 136 pages
This bilingual work (English and Innu-aimun) is an invitation to discourse. Batons message makes reference to a set of reference points that allow nomads to orient themselves inland and to rediscover their voice and their way. Equally sensitive to the relationship, the work is founded on the mutual... More Info

In the Light of Justice

Fulcrum Pub | August 13, 2013 | 304 pages
Walter R. Echo-Hawk offers a compelling rationale for a broad social movement to uplift indigenous rights using atonement principles.  More Info

Keepers of the Earth

Fulcrum Publishing | June 18, 1988 | 209 pages
A selection of traditional tales from various Indian peoples, each accompanied by instructions for related activities dealing with aspects of the environment.  More Info

Encounters on the Passage

October 1, 2009 | 168 pages
In Encounters on the Passage, present day Inuit tell the stories that have been passed down from their ancestors of the first encounters with European explorers.  More Info

The Opossum's Tale

November 15, 2012 | 32 pages
Have you ever seen an opossum, hurrying across the road with its eyes and coat shining in your headlights? Or hanging upside down from a tree? Or lying on the ground 'playing possum' as if dead? And did you ever wonder why the opossum acts this way? The ancient Cherokee people wondered about the... More Info

How Medicine Came to the People

November 15, 2012 | 32 pages
"A long time ago, all the animals and people lived happily together," begins this story of the origins of Cherokee herbal medicine. As the people begin to outnumber the animals and then to hunt them for their hides and meat, the days of peaceful coexistence are over. The animals take their revenge... More Info

The tragedy of progress

Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd. | June 18, 2019 | 105 pages
This book proposes that centering the Marxist notion of alienation can provide the basis for more fruitful cooperation between the emancipatory projects of the Left and the wants of Aboriginal peoples.  More Info

Women and Ledger Art

University of Arizona Press | June 13, 2013 | 128 pages
Although ledger art has long been considered a male art form, Women and Ledger Art calls attention to the extraordinary achievements of four contemporary female Native artists—Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa), Colleen Cutschall (Oglala Lakota), Linda Haukaas (Sicangu Lakota), and Dolores Purdy... More Info

The Redemption of Oscar Wolf

J. Patrick Boyer Book | July 9, 2013 | 272 pages
A saga of mid-20th-century Native life in Canada and abroad, The Redemption of Oscar Wolf is a novel of resonating ideas and unforgettable characters with a fascinating anti-hero protagonist who sets out on a quest for redemption after a terrible fire in his hometown kills his grandfather and a... More Info

Bridging Two Peoples

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | June 1, 2012 | 244 pages
Bridging Two Peoples tells the story of Dr. Peter E. Jones, who in 1866 became one of the first status Indians to obtain a medical doctor degree from a Canadian university. He returned to his southern Ontario reserve and was elected chief and band doctor. As secretary to the Grand Indian Council of... More Info

Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights

Arbeiter Ring Pub | November 30, 2012 | 158 pages
Aboriginal rights are often assumed to belong to the broader category of human rights; Kulchyski makes a powerful argument against this. On the contrary, indigenous people across the world need specific rights in part to balance against the universalist core of human rights. This book provides... More Info

Behind closed doors

Theytus Books | November 1, 2006 | 226 pages
No summary available.

Urbanizing Frontiers

Univ of British Columbia Pr | July 1, 2010 | 317 pages
An innovative study that reconceptualizes the frontier as urban space by comparing the lives of Indigenous peoples and settlers in two colonial cities.  More Info

Mark My Words

March 1, 2013 | 260 pages
Mark My Words traces settler colonialism as an enduring form of gendered spatial violence, demonstrating how it persists in the contemporary context of neoliberal globalization. In a strong and lucid voice, Mishuana Goeman provides close readings of literary texts, arguing that it is vital to... More Info

Distant Relations

McClelland & Stewart | May 14, 2002 | 568 pages
As a North American of European ancestry, Victoria Freeman sought to answer the following question: how did I come to inherit a society that has dispossessed and oppressed the indigenous people of this continent? After seven years of research into her own family’s involvement in the colonization... More Info

Conversations With Remarkable Native Americans

January 2, 2013 | 195 pages
In these lively and informative interviews, noted ethnohistorian and international consultant Jo lle Rostkowski brings to light major developments in the Native American experience over the last thirty years. Overcoming hardships they have experienced as the forgotten minority, often torn between... More Info

Red Ink

January 2, 2013 | 412 pages
The Native peoples of colonial New England were quick to grasp the practical functions of Western literacy. Their written literary output was composed to suit their own needs and expressed views often in resistance to the agendas of the European colonists they were confronted with. Red Ink is an... More Info

Blackfoot Redemption

October 10, 2012 | 344 pages
In 1879, a Canadian Blackfoot known as Spopee, or Turtle, shot and killed a white man. Captured as a fugitive, Spopee narrowly escaped execution, instead landing in an insane asylum in Washington, D.C., where he fell silent. Spopee thus “disappeared” for more than thirty years, until a... More Info

Native Performers in Wild West Shows

October 4, 2012 | 254 pages
Focusing on the experiences of Native performers and performances, Linda Scarangella McNenly begins her examination of these spectacles with Buffalo Bill's 1880s pageants. She then traces the continuing performance of these acts, still a feature of regional celebrations in both Canada and the... More Info

Contours of a People

December 21, 2012 | 456 pages
Volume editors Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny, and Brenda Macdougall go beyond the concern with racial and ethnic identity that takes center stage in most discussions of Metis culture to offer new ways of thinking about Metis identity.  More Info

Women's Work, Women's Art

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2013 | 376 pages
A richly illustrated study of the dress and adornment traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America's western subarctic.  More Info

Chickasaw Lives

November 15, 2012 | 200 pages
The Chickasaw Lives series reveals the broad spectrum of Chickasaw history and culture as seen through the eyes of the Chickasaw Nation's tribal historian, Richard Green. In 1994 Chickasaw Nation governor Bill Anoatubby encouraged Green to research and write stories about Chickasaw history and... More Info

The Peyote Road

September 24, 2012 | 281 pages
Despite challenges by the federal government to restrict the use of Peyote, the Native American Church, which uses the hallucinogenic cactus as a religious sacrament, has become the largest indigenous denomination among American Indians today. The Peyote Road examines the history of the NAC,... More Info

Ledger Narratives

November 20, 2012 | 296 pages
The largest known collection of ledger art ever acquired by one individual is Mark Lansburgh's diverse assemblage of more than 140 drawings, now held by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and catalogued in this important book. The Cheyennes, Crows, Kiowas, Lakotas, and other Plains peoples... More Info

Maya Exodus

October 5, 2012 | 339 pages
This book incorporates voices of Maya men and women as they form new identities, rethink central conceptions of being human, and assert citizenship rights. Maya Exodus deepens our understanding of the complexities involved in striving for social change. Ultimately, it highlights the contradictory... More Info

Nobody Cries at Bingo

Thistledown Press | September 15, 2011 | 136 pages
In Nobody Cries At Bingo, the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and... More Info

Aboriginal Law

Purich Pub | August 15, 2012 | 443 pages
No summary available.

The duty to consult

Purich Pub | November 30, 2009 | 127 pages
"Canada's Supreme Court has established a new legal framework requiring governments to consult with Aboriginal peoples when contemplating actions that may affect their rights. The nature of the duty is to be defined by negotiation, best practices, and future court decisions. According to Professor... More Info

Cree narrative memory

Purich Pub | August 1, 2007 | 143 pages
The importance of storytelling to Cree culture, and how such stories are vital to understanding the history of the Cree and their rejuvenated future, are central to the themes examined in this visionary book. Neal McLeod examines the history of the nehiyawak (the Cree people) of western Canada from... More Info

What Does Justice Look Like?

Living Justice Pr | August 1, 2008 | 192 pages
No summary available.

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

January 1, 2006 | 316 pages
No summary available.

Justice As Healing

July 1, 2005 | 459 pages
No summary available.

He Sapa Woihanble

October 1, 2011 | 220 pages
No summary available.

The Story of the Blackfoot People

Firefly Books Limited | March 5, 2013 | 104 pages
For the first time in history, the Blackfoot people share their culture, beliefs and traditions with the rest of the world. In an innovative partnership with the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, a team of elders and spiritual leaders from the Blackfoot community agreed to share their history,... More Info

All Our Relations

South End Pr | June 18, 1999 | 241 pages
Provides testimonies by Native American activists sharing the struggle for survival, and their resistance to environmental, and cultural degradation  More Info

Returning to the Teachings

Penguin, Canada 2006. | June 18, 2019 | 300 pages
In his bestselling book Dancing with a Ghost, Rupert Ross began his exploration of Aboriginal approaches to justice and the visions of life that shape them. Returning to the Teachings takes this exploration further still.  More Info

First Nations History

Brunswick Books | June 18, 2019 | 408 pages
This fully updated third edition of a vital text on the history of indigenous peoples comes from the thorough research of a First Nations descendent. By turns revealing and deeply unsettling, the book details the brutal treatment and complete displacement of the Mi'kmaq civilization at the hands of... More Info

The Truth about Stories

House of Anansi Press | June 18, 2019 | 172 pages
Winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award "Stories are wondrous things," award-winning author and scholar Thomas King declares in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures. "And they are dangerous." Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and... More Info

Midnight Sweatlodge

June 23, 2011 | 86 pages
Midnight Sweatlodge tells the tale of a group of strangers and family gathered together to partake in this ancient aboriginal ceremony. Each seeks healing from the ceremony and each character gives us a glimpse into their lives that is tearful and true.  More Info

Aboriginal self-government in Canada

Purich Pub | June 18, 2019 | 429 pages
No summary available.

Accounting for genocide

Fernwood Books Ltd | June 18, 2019 | 194 pages
No summary available.

Aboriginal, Northern, and Community Economic Development

Arbeiter Ring Pub | November 1, 2010 | 309 pages
John Loxley has worked in community economic development as a practitioner, advisor, teacher and scholar for over 30 years. The wealth of that experience is reflected in this book, which grapples with the conceptual and political complexities of addressing northern and Aboriginal poverty. Loxley... More Info