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October 28, 2016
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Aboriginal Stories/ Books

Birchbark Press

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Goodminds (Six Nations Territory, Ontario)

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Rabbit and Bear Paws: Sacred Teachings and Lesson Plans

Rabbit and Bear Paws: Sacred Seven is a new comical picture books series based on the beloved characters from the Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws.  In this new series, Rabbit and Bear Paws “try” to understand the seven grandfather teachings from our Elder brothers and sisters: the animals  Eagle, Bear, Buffalo, Beaver, Mouse, Kitch-sabe (Big Foot) and Turtle.

Rabbit and Bear Paws: Sacred Seven series can be purchased online:

Follow along as Rabbit and Bear Paws observe and mimic the actions of the animals, and watch as they get into and out of all sorts of funny situations.

Lesson Plans:

Scholastic Books: Aboriginal Stories

Extensive list now available through Scholastic <click here>

Strong Nations: We Bring Indigenous Books into Your Lives

Residential Schools- Recommended reading and age ranges

An Aboriginal Carol- by David Bouchard

this is a video with David Bouchard narrating. By David Bouchard, Moses Beaver and Susan Aglukark 

Primary Grades- Recommended

The Raven and the Loon
The Little Hummingbird
Rabbit’s Snow Dance
The Legend of the Lady Slipper
Solomon’s Tree
Rabbit and Bear Paws – Thank You Series
Goodnight World
Sharing Our World
Sweetest Kulu
I Like Who I Am
When I Was Eight
Not My Girl

Junior Grades- Recommended

Rabbit and Bear Paws – Sacred Seven
The Drum Calls Softly
Nokum is My Teacher
The Orphan and the Polar Bear
The Giving Tree
Fatty Legs
A Stranger at Home
I Want to be in the Show
Raven Brings the Light
Andrea’s Fiddle
Arctic Giants
Ojibway Clans
First Contact
Discovering: First Peoples and First Contacts
The Kids Book of Aboriginal People in Canada

Intermediate Grades- Recommended

We Are All Treaty People
Aboriginal Peoples: Building for the Future
Residential Schools: With Words and Images
The Mi’kmaq
No Time to Say Goodbye
A Very Small Rebellion
Louis, Son of the Prairies
The Secret of Your Name
Seven Sacred Teachings
Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers
Long Powwow Nights
I Am Raven
Raven’s Greatest Creation

Grades 9/10- Recommended

Wolf Mark
The Night Wanderer (novel and graphic novel)
April Raintree
Rabbit and Bear Paws Graphic Novels
The Next Sure Thing
The Sacred Tree
I Am Algonquin
Him Standing
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Peace Pipe Dreams
Dreaming in Indian
Sugar Falls
Do All Indians Live in Tipis?
Grey Eyes
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada – Textbook

Grades 11/12- Recommended

One Native Life
One Story, One Song
Medicine River
Green Grass, Running Water
An Anthropology of Canadian Native Literature
Askiwina: A Cree World
Lacrosse: The Ancient Game
7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values and Aspirations – Textbook
Indian Horse
Medicine Walk
The Inconvenient Indian
In Search of April Raintree
The Comeback
Original Instructions
Full Circle
A Concise History of Canada’s First Nations
Three Day Road
Through Black Spruce