INDIGENOUS BOOKS

Title: The Windigo Chronicles

Author: David Groulx

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 64 pp.

ISBN: 9781772310382

Price: $16.95

 

In the traditional Algonquian world, the Windigo is the spirit of selfishness, which can transform a person into a murderous cannibal. Indigenous people in North America believed in the Windigo, not only as a myth told in the darkness of winter nights, but also as a real danger. In this poetry book, David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the powerful voices of the past. He portrays honest and painful perception of Aboriginal life with strong voice against prejudice and injustice. The author speaks for the strength, determination, and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to confront cruel reality with his sincere and inspiring vision. This book provides an insightful look into traditional Indigenous beliefs, cross-cultural communication, and colonial relationships.

 

Title: Calling Down the Sky

Author: Rosanna Deerchild

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.

ISBN: 9781772310054

Price: $16.95

 

Calling Down the Sky is a poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post-generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal Residential School confinements in the 1960’s when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. Rosanna Deerchild exposes how the Residential Schools systematically undermined Aboriginal culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations, severing the ties through which Aboriginal culture is taught and sustained, and contributing to a general loss of language and culture. The devastating effects of the residential schools are far-reaching and continue to have significant impact on Aboriginal communities.

 

Title: Hear and Foretell

Author: Joseph A. Dandurand

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 96 pp.

ISBN: 9781926956961

Price: $16.95

 

Hear and Foretell is a compelling poetry collection with a spotlight on urban Aboriginal life in Canada. The poems illustrate deep spiritual transformations and understandings of the ever-present feeling of being haunted by a not so distant past. Revealing important issues of Aboriginal discrimination, poverty, and violence, the author undeniably illustrates the reality of the experiences many Aboriginal people encounter while living on and off-reserve. The book emphasizes cultural conflicts, articulates everyday rituals by using decisive narrative, and appeals to human compassion. The author exposes struggles many Aboriginal people encounter in getting an education, dealing with family issues and abuse, learning to respect themselves and demanding respect from others, finding their place in the world, and recovering their rich history and culture. This book illustrates the resilience and strength of the Aboriginal people and the determination that they bring to their local communities.

 

Title: Wild Rice Dreams

Author: Vera Wabegijig

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 96 pp.

ISBN: 9781926956633

Price: $15.95

 

Wild Rice Dreams is a collection of Aboriginal poetry that delves into the human experience with spotlight on urban Aboriginal life. The poems explore spiritual transformations and perception of the ever-present knowledge of being hunted by not so distant cruel past. Vera Wabegijig speaks to the power of ordinary Aboriginal people in Canada, ignites our imagination, and connects us to our past, current, and future feelings. She demonstrates deep understanding of native vitality and appreciation of different cultural legacies in vigorous relationship with each other. The book explores how complicated relationships between people, dreams, and memories play an integral role in the complex life of being Anishinaabe.

 

Title: Between the Moments

Author: Marie-Andrée Gill

Translator: Jacques Lefebvre

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.

ISBN: 9781926956800

Price: $15.95

 

The poems in Between the Moments immerse the reader deep into the reflection of humanity and tangible reality of life to explore the moments of perplexity and simplicity of life. Throughout the book, the author roams the crevices of her desires and invites us into the world filled with tides and stars, mirages and reflections, and moments of confusion and enlightenment to resolve deep emotional issues and to find the light in the darkness. With persuasive viewpoints, the collection captures timely personal challenges, examines author’s quest for identity, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion.

 

Title: Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies

Author: Reneltta Arluk

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 104 pp.

ISBN: 9781926956145

Price: $16.95

 

A poetry collection where stories of life’s experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal. Reneltta Arluk weaves the traditional and the contemporary together through the eyes of a young Aboriginal woman. Her poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. Here are tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hunting and surviving. The poems are united by the history of her ancestors and the ongoing struggle to define what it means to be a tribal member, an Aboriginal, and a woman in the twenty first century. 

   

Title: Rising with a Distant Dawn

Author: David Groulx

Genre: Poetry

Format: Trade Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.

ISBN: 9781926956053

Price: $14.95



Rising with a Distant Dawn is a powerful and moving poetry collection, which stretches across the boundaries of skin colour, language, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Aboriginal Canadians. The poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope. They come from the woodlands and the plains, they speak of love, of war, and of the known and the mysterious, they strike with wisdom, joy, and sadness, bringing us closer than ever before to the heart of urban Aboriginal life. The book captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion.



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