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Kawai Scrolls

Kawai Scrolls

by Louis Druehl
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His Hopi princess bride has left him for the head of the philosophy department and his PhD thesis is stalled; what is left for an Iowa farmboy to do but to board a slow boat to Yokohama? John Fox leaves the academic desert of New Mexico for Japan, in search of fame and inspiration among the Ainu, the white aborigines of Hokkaido. While his adventu …

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Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry

Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry

The Art, The Artists, The History
by Alexander Dawkins, foreword by Corrine Hunt
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As beautiful as it is useful, Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in learning about or deepening their understanding of a fascinating craft.

Indigenous hand-engraved jewelry from the Pacific Northwest Coast is among the most distinctive, innovative, and highly sought-after art being produced i …

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From Bear Rock Mountain

From Bear Rock Mountain

The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor
by Antoine Bear Rock Mountain
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In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from h …

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River of Dreams

River of Dreams

A Journey through Milk River Country
by Liz Bryan
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A picturesque, reflective journey along the route of the ancient Milk River, from southern Alberta into northern Montana.

The Milk River is a small and dreamy river, flowing lazily through some of the loneliest lands of North America, the dry plains of Alberta and Montana. Dwarfed by such giants as the Saskatchewan and Mississippi Rivers, it is inde …

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They Write Their Dream on the Rocks Forever

They Write Their Dream on the Rocks Forever

Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia
by Annie York; Richard Daly & Chris Arnett
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tagged : cultural, native american

In They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever, ‘Nlaka’pamux elder Annie York explains the red-ochre inscriptions written on the rocks and cliffs of the lower Stein Valley in British Columbia. This is perhaps the first time that a Native elder has presented a detailed and comprehensive explanation of rock-art images from her people’s culture. …

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Critters for Kids

Critters for Kids

A North American Wildlife Activity Book
by Tom Hunter
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For decades, Tom Hunter's outstanding artwork and clever brainteasers have provided both entertainment and a valuable educational resource for children, parents, and teachers. In Critters for Kids, Hunter introduces a wide range of creatures found in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. From racoons and roadrunners to armadillos and whales, the a …

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Resolve

Resolve

The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community's Will to Heal
by Carolyn Parks Mintz
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tagged : native americans, post-confederation (1867-), native american

Andy and Phyllis Chelsea met during their years spent at the St. Joseph's Mission School in Williams Lake, BC. Like the thousands of others forced into the church-run residential school system, Andy and Phyllis are no strangers to the ongoing difficulties experienced by most Indigenous peoples in Canada. The couple married in 1964 but brought the t …

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Vancouverism

Vancouverism

by Larry Beasley
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tagged : urban & land use planning, urban, city planning & urban development

Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning p …

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Behind Putin's Curtain

Behind Putin's Curtain

Friendships and Misadventures Inside Russia
by Stephan Orth
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tagged : russia, russian & former soviet union, essays & travelogues, russia & the former soviet union

An unconventional travelogue of a country that inspires both fear and fascination.

“In the late summer of 2016,” writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, “a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory.”

In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real, …

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Incorporating Culture

Incorporating Culture

How Indigenous People Are Reshaping the Northwest Coast Art Industry
by Solen Roth
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Fragments of culture often become commodities when the tourism and heritage business showcases local artistic and cultural practice. But what happens when local communities become more involved in this cultural marketplace? Incorporating Culture examines how Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs are cultivating more equitable relationships with the …

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DrawBridge

DrawBridge

Drawing Alongside My Brother's Schizophrenia
by Joan Boxall, illustrated by Stephen A. Corcoran
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tagged : artists, architects, photographers, personal memoirs, people with disabilities

How do you establish trust and meaningful connection with a sibling who suffers from schizophrenia? In an attempt to rekindle her relationship with her estranged brother Steve, Joan meets him at the Art Studios in Vancouver, where he takes part in art classes for individuals with a mental illness in a safe, supportive environment. This marks the be …

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Moccasin Square Gardens

Moccasin Square Gardens

Short Stories
by Richard Van Camp
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tagged : short stories (single author), native american & aboriginal, literary

The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves (“The Camel Clutch”), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or “Sky People,” love, lust and prayers for peace. …

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Outside, America

Outside, America

by Sarah de Leeuw
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tagged : canadian, women authors

Outside, America criss-crosses the Canadian–American border to understand dilemmas that occur across a variety of scales, from global spheres to the most intimate domestic spaces. Sarah de Leeuw digs through grief, loss, aging, technological frustration, environmental degradation, nationalism and confusion to grasp the state of the world. These p …

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Double Melancholy

Double Melancholy

Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man
by C.E. Gatchalian
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tagged : gay studies, cultural heritage, lgbt, asian american studies

According to Didier Eribon, melancholy is where it all starts and where it also ends: the lifelong process of mourning that each homosexual experiences, and through which they construct their own identity. In this beguiling book, an introverted, anxious, ambitious, artistically gifted queer Filipino-Canadian boy finds solace, inspiration, and a "sy …

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Shut Up You're Pretty

Shut Up You're Pretty

by Tea Mutonji
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tagged : contemporary women, short stories (single author), lesbian

Winner, Trillium Book Award and Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; Finalist, Rogers Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize; a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, …

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Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising

A Queer Film Classic
by R.L. Cagle
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tagged : history & criticism, gay studies

The final book in the Queer Film Classics series is R.L. Cagle's take on Scorpio Rising (1963), Kenneth Anger's avant-garde short film that about gay Nazi bikers preparing for a race. The film marked Anger's spectacular return to the US underground cinema scene after an absence of nearly ten years. Scorpio Rising resonates with the thrill and energ …

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The Walking Boy

The Walking Boy

by Lydia Kwa
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tagged : asian american, fairy tales, folk tales, legends & mythology

The Walking Boy is a quest novel set in early eighth-century Tang Dynasty China, in the final days of the rule of the first Female Emperor Wu Zhao. The ailing hermit monk Harelip sends his disciple Baoshi on a pilgrimage from Mount Hua to Chang'an, the Western capital; Baoshi is the "walking boy" charged with locating Harelip's missing former lover …

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Tonguebreaker

Tonguebreaker

by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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tagged : lgbt, asian american, canadian, women authors

Finalist, Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

In their fourth collection of poetry, Lambda Literary Award-winning poet and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha continues her excavation of working-class queer brown femme survivorhood and desire.

Tonguebreaker is about surviving the unsurvivable: living through hate crimes, the suicides of queer k …

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Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works

Chile Con Carne and Other Early Works

Chile Con Carne, “QUE PASA with LA RAZA, eh?, and In a Land Called I Don’t Remember
by Carmen Aguirre
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With perceptive, unflinching wit, these three early plays from award-winning Chilean Canadian writer Carmen Aguirre document the hardships, horrors, and heartache of exile, revealing the far-reaching effects of dictatorial violence and terror. Highlighting the fresh perspective refugees bring to North American society, Chile Con Carne and Other Ea …

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The Canadian Party System

The Canadian Party System

An Analytic History
by Richard Johnston
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The Canadian party system is a deviant case among the Anglo-American democracies. Unruly and inscrutable, it is a system that defies logic and classification – until now. In this political science tour de force, Richard Johnston makes sense of the Canadian party system. With a keen eye for history and deft use of recently developed analytic tools …

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Condo Conquest

Condo Conquest

Urban Governance, Law, and Condoization in New York City and Toronto
by Randy K. Lippert
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When condominiums first emerged in North American cities in the 1960s, they were a new kind of housing governed by boards of resident owners volunteering in a community. Condo Conquest shows how the condo and its inner governance have since become something else entirely, taken over – or conquered – by an assemblage of commercial interests spec …

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A Not-So-Savage Land

A Not-So-Savage Land

The Art and Times of Frederick Whymper, 1838–1901
by Peter Johnson
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tagged : modern (late 19th century to 1945), landscapes, pre-confederation (to 1867)

A richly illustrated exploration of the art, life, and historical impact of artist Frederick Whymper, who documented the landscape of the North American west.

Before the advent of photography, the topography of the colonial North American landscape was recorded by travelling artists hired to reproduce what they saw with unadulterated realism. One of …

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City in Colour

City in Colour

Rediscovered Stories of Victoria's Multicultural Past
by May Q. Wong
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A timely, intriguing collection of the overlooked stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour.

Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant c …

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When the Caribou Do Not Come

When the Caribou Do Not Come

Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic
edited by Brenda L. Parlee & Ken J. Caine
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In the 1990s, headlines about declining caribou populations grabbed international attention. Were caribou the canary in the coal mine for climate change, or did declining numbers reflect overharvesting or failed attempts at scientific wildlife management? Grounded in community-based research in northern Canada, a region in the forefront of co-manag …

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Seven Sacred Truths

Seven Sacred Truths

by Wanda John-Kehewin
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Seven Sacred Truths presents a powerful exploration of an Indigenous woman’s healing journey. Seeing the world through “brown” eyes, poet Wanda John-Kehewin makes new meaning of the past, present, and future through a consideration of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Respect, Humility, and Courage. By sharing her views on these Seven Sacred Trut …

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Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How

The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running
by Rick James
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“We operated perfectly legally. We considered ourselves philanthropists! We supplied good liquor to poor thirsty Americans ... and brought prosperity back to the Harbour of Vancouver ...”—Captain Charles Hudson

At the stroke of one minute past midnight, January 17, 1920, the National Prohibition Act was officially declared in effect in the Uni …

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Return of the Wolf

Return of the Wolf

Conflict and Coexistence
by Paula Wild
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tagged : wolves, wildlife, wilderness

Wolves were once common throughout North America and Eurasia. But by the early twentieth century, bounties and organized hunts had drastically reduced their numbers. Today, the wolf is returning to its ancestral territories, and the “coywolf”—a smaller, bolder wolf-coyote hybrid—is becoming more common. In Return of the Wolf, author Paula W …

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Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora

Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora

Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles
by Sherry S. Yu
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Media for diasporic communities have emerged in major cities and reflect a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual reality. But do these media serve their respective communities exclusively, or are they available and accessible to members of greater society at large? Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora explores structural and institutional cha …

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The Woo-Woo

The Woo-Woo

How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
by Lindsay Wong
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tagged : cultural heritage, asian american studies, women

2019 CANADA READS FINALIST

Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction; Winner, Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize; Longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

 

In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when t …

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Authorized Biography
by Andrea Warner
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tagged : composers & musicians, individual composer & musician, native americans

"Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon and inspiration. This book is necessary—an authorized insight into the making of a legend." —Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries

A powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved folk icon and activist.

Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, …

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Before and After the State

Before and After the State

Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest
by Allan K. McDougall; Lisa Philips & Daniel L. Boxberger
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The creation of the Canada–US border in the Pacific Northwest is often presented as a tale of two nations, but beyond the macro-political dynamics is the experience of individuals. Before and After the State examines the imposition of a border across a region that already held a vibrant, highly complex society and dynamic trading networks. Allan …

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Mamaskatch

Mamaskatch

A Cree Coming of Age
by Darrel J. McLeod
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Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family’s history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. McLeod was comforted by her presence and that of his man …

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The Third Act

The Third Act

by John Wilson, screenplay by Xiaoming Yao
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Grade: 8 to 12
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tagged : college & university, asia

The Third Act deals with the intercultural struggles faced by Chinese students studying in North America in the present day and by an American playwright, Neil Peterson, caught up in the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. The contemporary story focuses on three Chinese friends (Tone, Pike and Theresa) who grapple in their own ways with the pressure to succe …

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Dissident Doctor

Dissident Doctor

Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo
by Michael C. Klein
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How often do you hear a doctor saying doctors need to be more accountable, Medicare needs more support and family medicine deserves more respect? Dissident Doctor bristles with refreshingly frank criticisms from inside the health sector, and its author is not just any doctor but a distinguished scientific researcher, veteran medical administrator, …

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Who Controls the Hunt?

Who Controls the Hunt?

First Nations, Treaty Rights, and Wildlife Conservation in Ontario, 1783-1939
by David Calverley
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As the nineteenth century ended, the popularity of sport hunting grew and Ontario wildlife became increasingly valuable. Restrictions were imposed on hunting and trapping, completely ignoring Anishinaabeg hunting rights set out in the Robinson Treaties of 1850. Who Controls the Hunt? examines how Ontario’s emerging wildlife conservation laws fail …

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Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law

Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law

by Lindsay Keegitah Borrows
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Storytelling has the capacity to address feelings and demonstrate themes – to illuminate beyond argument and theoretical exposition. In Otter’s Journey, Borrows makes use of the Anishinaabe tradition of storytelling to explore how the work in Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Sh …

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Chinatown Ghosts

Chinatown Ghosts

The Poems and Photographs of Jim Wong-Chu
by Jim Wong-Chu
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Jim Wong-Chu is a legend in the Asian Canadian writing community. As founder of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (and its magazine Ricepaper), he constantly encouraged and inspired writers across the country to get their work published and acknowledged, from Paul Yee and Evelyn Lau to Madeleine Thien and Catherine Hernandez. When Jim passed awa …

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The Antifa Comic Book

The Antifa Comic Book

100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements
by Gord Hill, foreword by Mark Bray
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The shocking images of neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2017 linger, but so do those of the passionate anti-fascist protestors who risked their lives to do the right thing. In this stirring graphic non-fiction book by the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, Gord Hill looks at the history of fascism ove …

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The Tiger Flu

The Tiger Flu

by Larissa Lai
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WINNER, Lambda Literary Award

In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai -- her first in sixteen years -- a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by patriarchal and corporate Salt Water City, go to war against disease, technology, and an economic system that threatens them with extinction.

Kirilow is a doctor apprentice whose lover, Peristrop …

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The Creator’s Game

The Creator’s Game

Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood
by Allan Downey
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Lacrosse has been a central element of Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation – then reclamation – of Indigenous identities. The Creator’s Game focuses on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, exploring Indigenous-non-Indi …

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if wants to be the same as is

if wants to be the same as is

Essential Poems of David Bromige
edited by Jack Krick; Bob Perelman & Ron Silliman, by David Bromige, introduction by George Bowering
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Drawn from 22 books of poetry published by David Bromige in his lifetime, if wants to be the same as is chronicles the career of one of contemporary poetry's most distinctive writers. Born in London, England, in 1933, raised in Canada, and a resident for most of his adult life of California, David Bromige is just as difficult to pin down in terms o …

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We Interrupt This Program

We Interrupt This Program

Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture
by Miranda J. Brady & John M.H. Kelly
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We Interrupt This Program tells the story of how Indigenous people are using media tactics or interventions in art, film, television, and journalism to disrupt Canada’s national narratives and rewrite them from Indigenous perspectives. Accounts of strategically chosen moments such as survivor testimonies at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission …

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