Red: a Haida manga
Author: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience.
The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul. When Red becomes a leader he acts on his rage and leads his village into war and near destruction. Red locates his sister and learns that war and revenge is not the answer for loss and grief. The book consists of 108 pages of hand-painted illustrations that can be recombined to create a Haida formline image 4 meters long.
Author: Cole Pauls
As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.
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Author: Julie Flett
When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett’s textured images of birds flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions. (From Greystone Books)
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7 generations : a Plains Cree saga
7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is an epic, four-part graphic novel. Illustrated in vivid colour, the story follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations. This compiled edition was originally published as a series of four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact.
Stone introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future. Edwin learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man, who came of age in the early 19th century. When his older brother is tragically killed during a Blackfoot raid, Stone, the best shot and rider in his encampment, must overcome his grief to avenge his brother’s death.
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