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The Clay We Are Made Of

Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River

Susan M. Hill (Author)

If one seeks to understand Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) history, one must consider the history of Haudenosaunee land. For countless generations prior to European contact, land and territory informed Haudenosaunee thought and philosophy, and was a primary determinant of Haudenosaunee identity.

Sounding Thunder

The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow

Brian D. McInnes (Author), Waubgeshig Rice (Foreword)

Stories from Canada’s most decorated Indigenous soldier.

A Two-Spirit Journey

The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

Ma-Nee Chacaby (Author), Mary Louisa Plummer (With)

"A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.

Horse-and-Buggy Genius

Listening to Mennonites Contest the Modern World

Royden Loewen (Author)

The history of the twentieth century is one of modernization, a story of old ways being left behind. Many traditionalist Mennonites rejected these changes, especially the automobile, which they regarded as a symbol of pride and individualism. They became known as a “horse-and-buggy” people.

Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice

Begade Shutagot'ine and the Sahtu Treaty

Peter Kulchyski (Author)

"A Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice" weaves together stories of law, politics, culture and everyday life to create an incisive and often poetic examination of the lives of the Begade Shutagot’ine. This book bears eloquent witness to the Begade Shutagot’ine people’s assertion that they have never ceded their aboriginal or territorial rights.

Invisible Immigrants

The English in Canada since 1945

Marilyn Barber (Author), Murray Watson (Author)

Despite being one of the largest immigrant groups contributing to the development of modern Canada, the story of the English has been all but untold. In Invisible Immigrants, Barber and Watson document the experiences of English-born immigrants who chose to come to Canada during England’s last major wave of emigration.

Edge of the Woods

Iroquoia: 1534-1701

Jon Parmenter (Author)

A re-examination of the relationship between mobility and Iroquois power in the pre-contact era.

Mary Jane Logan McCallum (Author)

A modern history of Indigenous labour in the Canadian workforce.

The Search for a Socialist El Dorado

Finnish Immigration from the United States and Canada to Soviet Karelia in the 1930s

Alexey Golubev (Author), Irina Takala (Author)

The untold story of the founding and subsequent destruction of a Finnish socialist community in the Soviet Union.

Masculindians

Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

Sam McKegney (Editor), Joseph Boyden (Interviewee), Tomson Highway (Interviewee) + others

Inspiring interviews with leading writers and activists on the past, present, and future of Indigenous masculinity.

Mind's Eye

Stories from Whapmagoostui

Susan Marshall (Editor), Emily Masty (Editor)

Based on over two decades of extensive interviews, Mind’s Eye documents the stories told by eighteen Cree elders in Whapmagoostui. From testimonies about battles with the Inuit and early contact with Europeans, to simple descriptions of playing games and making caribou-skin coats, these stories record the history of the James Bay Cree.

Elder Brother and the Law of the People

Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation

Robert Alexander Innes (Author)

An entirely new way of viewing Aboriginal cultural indentity on the northern plains.

The Constructed Mennonite

History, Memory, and the Second World War

Hans Werner (Author)

One man, four identities, and a son's quest to reconcile the public and private lives of his Mennonite father in WWII.

Centering Anishinaabeg Studies

Understanding the World Through Stories

Jill Doerfler (Editor), Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Editor), Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Editor)

This groundbreaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people’s stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large.

Stories in a New Skin

Approaches to Inuit Literature

Keavy Martin (Author)

A groundbreaking introduction to Inuit literary criticism.

Life Stages and Native Women

Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine

Kim Anderson (Author), Maria Campbell (Foreword)

A rare and inspiring guide to the health and well-being of Indigenous women and their communities.

Imagined Homes

Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities

Hans Werner (Author)

Arapaho Historical Traditions

Hinono'einoo3itoono

Alonzo Moss, Sr. (Author), Andrew Cowell (Translator)

Told by Paul Moss (1911-1995), these twelve texts introduce us to an immensely rich literature. Here, for the first time, these outstanding examples of Arapaho accounts are printed in their original language but made accessible to a wider audience through English translation and an Arapaho-English glossary.