Following the journey of one Cree family through three centuries and seven generations, this epic explores generational trauma, colonization, and family bonds. The focal point of the story is James, a residential school survivor, and his son Edwin, as they attempt to reconcile with the past.
A brutally honest but charming look at the pain of childhood and the alienation and anxiety of early adulthood. In his memoir, we are invited to walk through the life of the author, Jim Terry, as he struggles to find security and comfort in an often hostile environment. Between the Ho-Chunk community of his Native American family in Wisconsin and his schoolmates in the Chicago suburbs, he tries in vain to fit in and eventually turns to alcohol to provide an escape from increasing loneliness and alienation. Terry also shares with the reader in exquisite detail the process by which he finds hope and gets sober, as well as the powerful experience of finding something to believe in and to belong to at the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock.
If I Go Missing combines fiction with nonfiction in this devastating work. This book is based on a real letter by 14-year-old Brianna Jonnie to the Winnipeg Chief of Police. In her letter, Jonnie calls out the police in failing to properly investigate missing Indigenous people. Moreover, she urges the police to “not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be,” if she were to be reported missing. The original letter went viral and became the inspiration for a documentary, as well as this book.
Presenting work from dozens of creators, Moonshot showcases some of the finest North American comics. This collection features traditional storytelling as well as hopeful speculative futures. Further work can be found in the second and third collections of Moonshot.
Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reserve. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she's deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself, but he's also a little creepy. Little do Tiffany, her father, or even her insightful Granny Ruth know, the mysterious Pierre L'Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe.
This story grapples with the hard subjects of drugs, gangs, and intergenerational trauma. Pete, a young Indigenous man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his heroin-addicted mother and his brother Joey. When he and his stepfather get into a fatal altercation, Pete ends up in jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties with his gang. Shortly after imprisonment, a jail brawl forces Pete to reconcile with his choices. Finally, he begins his journey towards rehabilitation and traditional healing. This story draws significantly on the author’s 20 years of experience with healing and reconciling from gang violence.
Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl, is struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness at her new school. During one fateful history class, she finds herself transported back in time, witness to a bison hunt. Then, she finds herself back in the present. Over the course of the next few weeks, Echo slips back and forth between the past and present. Through this four part series, she learns more about the perilous time of the pemmican wars and connects with her own heritage.
Author and artist Michael Yahgulanaas combines Japanese illustration with Haida oral tradition in this graphic work. Red’s sister was abducted by a band of raiders years ago. When word comes that his sister has been seen alive, he sets out to find her and get his revenge. Through beautiful hand-painted pages, Yahgulanaas takes us through a story of rage and retribution.
Volume 1 merges work of contemporary North American Indian literature with imaginative illustrations by U.S. and Canadian artists to provide a unique collection of reimagined fiction and poetry. Volume 2 provides a unique opportunity for audiences to hear from a myriad of American Indian and First Nations voices on the meaning of love. Here readers will find works of graphic literature, including both poetry and fiction, that explore how celestial bodies build and share creative intimacies.
In this YA graphic novel, Teens Dez and Miikwan are very close. Together, they navigate the difficult urban landscape. When Dez’s grandmother gets sick, Dez is told that she can no longer stay with her. Then, with the threat of a group home looming, she cannot bear to go home and disappears. Miikwan is heartbroken, and the wound of her own missing mother resurfaces. Together, these two Indigenous authors explore womanhood, colonialism, and the devastation of a missing loved one.
This is an indispensable book and required reading for anyone in unceded territories. In this beautiful collection, ten stories by 11 Indigenous authors provide an overview of post-contact colonial Canada. The events captured in this book range from hidden histories to a speculative future, each story rendered with fluency and expertise.
Collects over twenty trickster stories, in graphic novel format, from various Native American traditions, including tales about coyotes, rabbits, ravens, and other crafty creatures and their mischievous activities.
This work addresses a range of portrayals of the Native American people, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal white hero, examining how and why Native Americans have been marginalized and misrepresented in comics.