Upcoming Indigenous Books: 2021 New Year Edition

January 6, 2021 | Jamie

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It’s a new year, and new books are coming out!

In celebration of this, we are sharing a list of books by Indigenous authors that came out in late 2020. We're also sharing new books that will be released in early 2021. Place a hold now to get them first!

 

Children

It's A Mitig! by Bridget George

It's a Mitig! by Bridget George (Anishinaabe)

"A colourful children’s book written in a rhyming combination of English and Ojibwe. It’s a Mitig! guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig. Featuring vibrant and playful artwork, an illustrated Ojibwe-to-English glossary and a simple introduction to the double-vowel pronunciation system, plus accompanying online recordings, It’s a Mitig! is one of the first books of its kind. It was created for young children and their families with the heartfelt desire to spark a lifelong interest in learning language."

Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair by Charlene Bearhead and Wilson Bearhead

Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength Of His Hair by Charlene Bearhead and Wilson Bearhead (Nakota and Wabamum First Nation), illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch (Nakota)

"Siha Tooskin (Paul) experiences a bit of teasing (bullying) about his braid and his grandfather teaches him about how he can find strength in his hair through the Nakota tradition and rise above such petty taunts."

You can also read other titles in the Siha Tooskin Knows series.

Louis Riel Day- The Fur Trade Project by Deborah L. Delaronde

Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project by Deborah L. Delaronde (Métis), illustrated by Sheldon Dawson

"When a young boy is assigned a project about the fur trade by his teacher, he doesn't know who to turn to because his mom works all day. With help from his grandfather and the internet, they travel back in time and discover how the fur trade began, a new people emerged, the Métis' role in the fur trade, Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance, and the reason behind a holiday named Louis Riel Day."

 

Teens

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric L. Gansworth

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth (Haudenosaunee)

“Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.”

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds by David Alexander Robertson (Cree)

"Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home -- until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom. A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive. But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything – including them."

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache)

"Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Seventeen-year-old Elatsoe ("Ellie" for short) lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect façade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family"

 

Adults

Black Water : Family  Legacy and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory by David Alexander Robertson (Cree)

"Black Water is a family memoir of intergenerational trauma and healing, of connection, of story, of how David Robertson’s father’s life — growing up in Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, then making the journey from Norway House to Winnipeg — informed the author’s own life, and might even have saved it. Facing a story nearly erased by the designs of history, father and son journey together back to the trapline at Black Water, through the past to create a new future."

Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson (Haisla and Heiltsuk)

"In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden Robinson delivers an explosive, surprising and satisfying resolution to the story that sparked the hit TV series Trickster."

If you haven't started the series yet, you can catch up by reading Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift.

Indigenomics by Carol Anne Hilton

Indigenomics: Taking A Seat At The Economic Table by Carol Anne Hilton (Nuu Chah Nulth)

“Indigenomics calls for a new model of development, one that advances Indigenous self-determination, collective well-being, and reconciliation. This is vital reading for business leaders and entrepreneurs, Indigenous organizations and nations, governments and policymakers, and economists.”

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