Middle School (grades 6-8)

Inni Natig's Gift of Sugar

The story of the man tree, known in Ojibwe as Inni Natig and in English as the Maple, and it's place in Ojibwe and other Indigenous Nations' culture , particulary with regard to the making of maple sugar, an essentail component of the Indigenous diet in North America.

Birchbark House, The

A story about an Ojibwe girl and her family living on and around what has become commonly referred to as Madeline Island during the 1850’s and the changes facing them as colonization proceeds without regard for their lives .
An interesting read for anyone who wants to get a sense of Indigenous culture, and a suitable reading for children and adults alike. A good inter-generational reading experience.

Native American Gardening

A resource book for families that explores an Indigenous approach to gardening.Contains curriculum, stories, activities and recipes that are excellent for building an educational program centered around gardening.(Health, Science, Native American Oral Tradition)

Water Lilly

 A novel about the life of a Dakota woman in the mid-nineteenth century before Europeans began to colonize the Great Plains and her people .An historical reconstruction of that period by a Dakota woman, based upon extensive research.(Literature/History) 

Four Hills Of Life, The

An Ojibwe teaching about the stages in human life and how we grow in wisdom as we respond to challenges and learn to accept responsibilities.Contains text, illustrations and activities developed especially for kids.This is good resource for helping children deal with difficulties in thoughtful and mindful ways.

(Ojibwe Culture)

 

Native Plant Stories

A collection of Traditional Native American stories with Plants as a theme. Stories from Indigenous cultures contain an intrinsic sort of wisdom that provides opportunities for new insights and meanings at each new telling. An overarching theme herein might be stated as: “We Are All Related” or “All Things Are Related”. This book and the stories included have applications for all subject areas. 

Native American Animal Stories

A collection of Traditional Native Americam stories with Animals as a theme.Stories from Indigenous cultures contain an intrinsic sort of wisdom that provides opportunities for new insights and meanings at each new telling.An overarching theme herein might be stated as : “We Are All Related” or “All Things Are Related”. This book and the stories included have applications for all subject areas. 

Dreamkeepers

Twenty stories from Indigenous peoples from all over the continent are tied together in the story of a young Lakota who is learning the oral traditions from his grandfather.Out of eighty-seven speaking parts, eighty-six are portrayed by Native actors.Comes with a soundtrack CD and special features.Running time is 180 minutes.(Native Culture/Oral Tradition) 

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