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National Canoe Day

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It's National Canoe Day! Why not go out for a paddle—or pick up one of these terrific reads.
Me and You and the Red Canoe

Me and You and the Red Canoe

by Jean E. Pendziwol
illustrated by Phil
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.

The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure through the blue-green depths, the siblings paddle around a point, spotting a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming towards its home and an eagle returning to its nest. Suddenly there is a sharp tug and …

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Canoe Country

Canoe Country

The Making of Canada
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

One of our favourite chroniclers of all things Canadian presents a rollicking, personal, photo-filled history of the relationship between a country and its canoes.

From the earliest explorers on the Columbia River in BC or the Mattawa in Ontario to a doomed expedition of voyageurs up the Nile to rescue Khartoum; from the author's family roots deep in the Algonquin wilderness to modern families who have canoed across the country (kids and dogs included): Canoe Country is Roy MacGregor's celebratio …

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Canoe Nation

Canoe Nation

Nature, Race, and the Making of a Canadian Icon
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover

More than an ancient means of transportation and trade, the canoe has come to be a symbol of Canada itself. In Canoe Nation, Bruce Erickson argues that the canoe’s sentimental power has come about through a set of narratives that attempt to legitimize a particular vision of Canada that overvalues the nation’s connection to nature. From Alexander Mackenzie to Grey Owl to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the canoe authenticates Canada’s reputation as a tolerant, environmentalist nation, even when the …

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Noah's Last Canoe

Noah's Last Canoe

The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe Building
edition:Hardcover

In 1967 the Manitoba Museum asked northerner Doug Evans to undertake a mission. The museum was keenly aware that the Cree method of constructing birch bark canoes for northern lakes and rivers was fast disappearing. Evans flew into the Pelican Narrows region of Saskatchewan to chronicle the step-by-step building process used by Cree elder Noah Custer. Some 40 years later, Evans rediscovered his manuscript and realized it was the only record of this lost art. Great Plains is proud to publish this …

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Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing

Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing

Coming Home to the Village
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback

In a gesture toward traditional First Nations orality, Peter Cole blends poetic and dramatic voices with storytelling. A conversation between two tricksters, Coyote and Raven, and the colonized and the colonizers, his narrative takes the form of a canoe journey. Cole draws on traditional Aboriginal knowledge to move away from the western genres that have long contained, shaped, and determined ab/originality. Written in free verse, Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing is meant to be read aloud and breaks …

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Story of the Chestnut Canoe

Story of the Chestnut Canoe

edition:Paperback
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The Chestnut Canoe Company began in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1897 and its impact was unequaled on the development of recreational canoeing and the canoe itself. Photos and images from the famed catalogues illustrate this intriguing Maritime story.

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Paddling Her Own Canoe

Paddling Her Own Canoe

The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook

Frequently dismissed as a 'nature poet' and an 'Indian Princess' E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was not only an accomplished thinker and writer but a contentious and passionate personality who 'talked back' to Euro-Canadian culture. Paddling Her Own Canoe is the only major scholarly study that examines Johnson's diverse roles as a First Nations champion, New Woman, serious writer and performer, and Canadian nationalist.

 

A Native advocate of part-Mohawk ancestry, Johnson was also an independent, …

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Shin-chi's Canoe

Shin-chi's Canoe

by Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Kim Lafave
edition:Hardcover

Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration

This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too.

As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko tells her brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the …

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