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First Nations, Métis and Inuit Stories

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Further Research

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Aboriginal Voices

Bird, Louis. The Sprit Lives in the Mind: Omushkego Stories, Lives and Dreams. Compiled and edited by Susan Elaine Gray. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780773532090
Amicus No. 33019221

Bird, Louis. Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends and Histories from Hudson Bay. Edited by Jennifer S.H. Brown, Paul W. DePasquale and Mark R. Ruml. Peterborough, Ont.]: Broadview Press, [2005]. ISBN: 1551115808
Amicus No. 31257532

Blondin, John. The Legend of the Caribou Boy. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781894778480
AMICUS No. 33272606

Blondin, John. The Old Man with the Otter Medicine. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781894778497
AMICUS No. 33272739

Bouchard, David. Qu’Appelle. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2002. ISBN: 1551924757
AMICUS No. 25970947
Also available in French under the title: Qu’Appelle, Saint-Boniface, Man.: Plaines, 2008.
ISBN: 9782896110414
AMICUS No. 33832102

Bruchac, Joseph and Gayle Ross. The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America. Mahwah, N.J.: BridgeWater Books, 1994. ISBN: 0816734801
AMICUS No. 14470980

Bruchac, Joseph and James Bruchac. Raccoon’s Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004. ISBN: 0803729774
AMICUS No. 28294161

Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants Through Native Stories and Earth Activities for Children. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1994. ISBN: 1895618487
AMICUS No. 13588367

Cameron, Anne. How the Loon Lost Her Voice. Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Pub., 1985. ISBN: 0920080553
AMICUS No. 5489679

Campbell, Maria (introduction). Achimoona. Saskatoon: Fifth House, 1989. ISBN: 0920079377
AMICUS No. 8897250

Chartrand, Jane. The Bear’s Long Tail: A Tale. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 2005. ISBN: 1894717317
AMICUS No. 31532353

Chartrand, Jane. How the Eagle Got His White Head. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 2002.
ISBN: 1894717082
AMICUS No. 27315152

Culleton, Beatrice. Spirit of the White Bison. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 1985. ISBN: 0919143407
AMICUS No. 4872792

Delaronde, Deborah L. Little Métis and the Métis Sash. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 2000.
ISBN: 1894717023
AMICUS No. 24558339
Also available in French under the title: Petit Métis et la ceinture fléchée, Winnipeg: Pemmican, 2009. ISBN: 9781894717427
AMICUS No. 33442351

Delaronde, Deborah L. Metis Spirits. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 2006. ISBN: 1894717368
AMICUS No. 33084781

Falconer, Shelley and Shawna White. Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling Through Inuit Art. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007. ISBN: 9780887768545
AMICUS No. 32718886

Johnston, Basil H. The Bear-Walker and Other Stories. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1995.
ISBN: 0888544154
AMICUS No. 14306623

Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk. Arctic Stories. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998. ISBN: 1550374532
AMICUS No. 17155899

Kusugak, Michael. The Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2006. ISBN: 0006395120
AMICUS No. 31870741

Nanogak, Agnes. More Tales from the Igloo. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1986. ISBN: 0888303017
AMICUS No. 6357165

At the request of the Okanagan Elders and in keeping with their traditions, no one person is credited with authorship or ownership of these stories.

How Food Was Given: An Okanagan Legend. Kou-skelowh / We Are the People. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 1991. ISBN: 0919441343
AMICUS No. 10896632

How Names Were Given: An Okanagan Legend. Kou-skelowh / We Are the People. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 1984. ISBN: 0919441114
AMICUS No. 4317909

How Turtle Set the Animals Free: An Okanagan Legend. Kou-skelowh / We Are the People. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 1984. ISBN: 0919441149
AMICUS No. 4317910

Kou-skelowh / We Are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends. Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 2004. ISBN: 1894778189
AMICUS No. 30720502

Oliviero, Jamie. The Day Sun Was Stolen and Sharon Hitchcock (Illustrator) Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1995. ISBN: 189534008X
AMICUS No. 14041729

Paul-Dene, Simon. I Am the Eagle Free (Sky Song). Penticton, B.C.: Theytus Books, 1992. ISBN: 0919441343
AMICUS No. 12557491

Patton, Anne and Wilfred Burton. Fiddle Dancer / Li daanseur di vyaeloon. Saskatoon: Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, 2007. ISBN: 9780920915769
AMICUS No. 33425566

Pelletier, Jeanne. The Story of the Rabbit Dance / Li Nistwaar di la Daaňs di Liyév. Saskatoon: Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, 2007. ISBN: 9780920915776
AMICUS No. 33581984

Racette, Calvin. Flags of the Métis. Regina: Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, 1987. ISBN: 0920915183
AMICUS No. 7510718

Snake, Sam et al. The Adventures of Nanabush: Ojibway Indian Stories. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1979. ISBN: 038514248X
AMICUS No. 1441392

Taylor, C.J. How Two-Feather Was Saved from Loneliness: An Abenaki Legend. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1998. ISBN: 0887762824
AMICUS No. 18515560
Also available in French under the title: Deux Plumes et la solitude disparue: une légende abénaquise. Toronto: Livres Toundra, 2000. ISBN: 0887762557
AMICUS No. 10891296

Taylor, C.J. Peace Walker: The Legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004. ISBN: 0887765475
AMICUS No. 29295893

Taylor, C.J. The Monster from the Swamp: Native Legends of Monsters, Demons and Other Creatures. Montréal: Tundra Books, 1995. ISBN: 0887763618
AMICUS No. 14180951

Taylor, C.J. All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories from the Heavens. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2006. ISBN: 9780887767593
AMICUS No. 32172690

Yerxa, Leo. Ancient Thunder. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006. ISBN: 9780888997463
AMICUS No. 32289222

Other Notable Authors/Storytellers:
Sherry Farrell-Racette
Wes Fineday
Thomson Highway
Alootook Ipellie
Rita Joe
Thomas King
Larry Loyie
Michel Noel
Gregory Scofield
Richard Van Camp
Jan Bourdeau Waboose

Legends, Myths and Tales Retold and/or Compiled

Barkhouse, Joyce. The Witch of Port LaJoye. Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Ragweed Press, 1983.
ISBN: 0920304265
AMICUS No. 3959715

Bierhorst, John. The Naked Bear: Folktales of the Iroquois. New York: Morrow, 1987. ISBN: 0688064221
AMICUS No. 6709634

Bemister, Margaret. Thirty Indian Legends of Canada. Vancouver: J.J. Douglas, 1973. ISBN: 0888940254
AMICUS No. 62703

Buchholz, Kate. How the Pinto Got Her Colour. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 1995.
ISBN: 0921827482
AMICUS No. 14204898

Cleaver, Elizabeth. The Fire Stealer. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986. ISBN: 0195405153
AMICUS No. 6339699

Cleaver, Elizabeth. The Enchanted Caribou. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN: 0195410742
AMICUS No. 5257442

Crowe, Charlene. The Sacred Eagle Feather, Edmonton, Duval House, 1997. ISBN : 1552200035
AMICUS No. 16191373

Harris, Christie. The Mouse Woman Trilogy, Vancouver, Raincoast Books, 2007. ISBN : 9781551928807
AMICUS No. 33371446

Hewitt, Garnet. Ytek and the Arctic Orchid: An Inuit Legend. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1983. ISBN: 088894405
AMICUS No. 32760245

Houston, James. The White Archer: An Eskimo Legend. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979. ISBN: 0156962241
AMICUS No. 562352

Lock, Kath. Little Burnt-Face. St. Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell Pub., 1994. ISBN: 1550680471
AMICUS No. 13463022

Melzack, Ronald. The Day Tuk Became a Hunter & Other Eskimo Stories. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1978. ISBN: 0771058365
AMICUS No. 40526

Nowlan, Alden. Nine Micmac Legends. Hantsport, N.S.: Lancelot Press, 1983. ISBN: 0889991960
AMICUS No. 3959092

O’Neill, Paul. How Dog Became a Friend: An Old Arctic Tale. St. John’s, NL: Pennywell Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781894463935
AMICUS No. 33519307

Rivera, Raquel. Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2007. ISBN: 0888997140
AMICUS No. 32634559

Spicer, Stanley T.  Glooscap Legends. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Pub., 2006. ISBN: 155109598X
AMICUS No. 32848651

Tales from the Wigwam. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1989. ISBN: 0889023425
AMICUS No. 8269458

Toye, William. How Summer Came to Canada. New York: H.Z. Walck, 1969. ISBN: 0809811537
AMICUS No. 1913229

Watson, Brenda. Why Raven Is Black / Le corbeau noir est blanc / Gwi Gan Wihl T’uutsxwhl Gaak. Saint-Damien-de-Brandon, Quebec: Éditions du soleil de minuit, 2002. ISBN: 2922691136
AMICUS No. 26490607

Wiebe, Rudy. Hidden Buffalo. Northern Lights Books for Children. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2003. ISBN: 088995285X
AMICUS No. 28098061


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