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Northern Voices: Inuit Writings in English
Northern Voices: Inuit Writings in English
By Penny Petrone

A classic anthology that combines the rich oral tradition of Northern Canadian Inuit as well as their more recent English writing. Petrone links the cultural past of arctic peoples with its present day expression.

Published May 2017
Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law
Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law
By Cheryl Suzack

In Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, Cheryl Suzack explores Indigenous women’s writing in the post-civil rights period through close-reading analysis of major texts by Leslie Marmon Silko, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Louise Erdrich, and Winona LaDuke.

Published May 2017
In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women's Poetry
In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women's Poetry
By Jennifer Andrews

In the Belly of a Laughing God examines how eight contemporary Native women poets in Canada and the United States employ humour and irony to address the intricacies of race, gender, and nationality.

Published May 2011
Blackfoot Grammar: Second Edition
Blackfoot Grammar: Second Edition
By Donald G. Frantz

This second edition of Blackfoot Grammar will be a welcome update not only for those who wish to learn the language, but for all those with an interest in Native Studies and North American linguistics.

Published Dec 2009
Defamiliarizing the  Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada
Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada
Julia V. Emberley

In Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal, Julia V. Emberley examines the historical production of aboriginality in colonial cultural practices and its impact on the everyday lives of indigenous women, youth, and children.

Published May 2009
Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology
Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology
Stephanie McKenzie

In the context of Northrop Frye's theories of myth, and in light of the attempts of social critics and early anthologists to define Canada and Canadian literature, McKenzie discusses the ways in which our decidedly fractured sense of literary nationalism has set indigenous culture apart from the mainstream.

Published Dec 2007
Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends and Histories from Hudson Bay
Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends and Histories from Hudson Bay
By Louis Bird
Louis Bird, a distinguished Aboriginal storyteller and historian, presents some of the most vivid legends and historical stories from his collection, casting new light on his people's history, culture, and values.
Published Aug 2005
Border Crossings: Thomas King's Cultural Inversions
Border Crossings: Thomas King's Cultural Inversions
Arnold E. Davidson, Priscilla Walton, Jennifer Andrews

The authors argue that, by situating concepts of cross-cultural dynamics within a comic framework, native writer Thomas King avoids the polemics that often surface in cultural critiques.

Published Apr 2003
E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose
E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose
By Pauline Johnson, Carole Gerson, and Veronica Strong-Boag

The first complete collection of all of E. Pauline Johnson's known poems, many painstakingly culled from newspapers, magazines, and archives, along with a selection of her prose, including fiction, journalism, and discussions of gender and race.

Published Jun 2002
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon
By James K. Ruppert and John W. Bernet

An anthology of the best stories that Athabaskan speakers tell about themselves, their communities, and the cold, beautiful world of the Far North.

Published Sep 2001