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Six Recent Books for Aboriginal Awareness Week in May

Posted: May 7, 2015

At Harbour Publishing and Nightwood Editions, First Nations authors and books have always been an important part of our publishing programs. Here are a few of our most recent aboriginal books that we would like to highlight for Aboriginal Awareness Week, which honours the many Aboriginal cultures in Canada, including the Métis, the Inuit and First Nations:

Raven Brings the Light, Cloudwalker and Orca Chief, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd are the first three books in a series of Northwest Coast Legends that are beautifully illustrated by Vickers. The series gives new life to stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next for thousands of years. As Vickers says, "These stories belong to the people of the Northwest is a great joy for me to share them in new ways, so that many more people will discover and understand this important piece of our culture."

Roy Henry Vickers has also released a book spanning the past decade of his career. Storyteller is an oversized and substantial volume that contains 118 previously unpublished works by this iconic artist.

Following his in-depth biography of Norval Morrisseau, Armand Garnet Ruffo offers The Thunderbird Poems, a collection of poems inspired by the life and work of the revered artist.
Since 2004, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon has interviewed dozens of young First Nations people living in British Columbia—artists and community leaders, comedians and consultants, musicians and lawyers, people who are household names and those known only within their own communities. We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us collects sixteen candid stories gleaned from those interviews, stories of people who share an unshakeable belief in the importance of their cultural heritage to their well-being, to their success at what they do, and to their everyday lives.