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The Boreal Herbal

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Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North... an indispensable guide to identifying and using northern plants for food and medicine. Whether you're hiking in remote areas or gardening in your backyard, this easy-to-use handbook will help you recognize and use fifty-five common wild plants that have extraordinary healing properties. With The Boreal Herbal you will learn how to soothe pain with willow, staunch bleeding with yarrow, treat a urinary-tract infection with bearberry, and create a delicate and uplifting skin cream from sweetgrass. Author Beverley Gray has also included dozens of healthy and delicious recipes, including Wild-Weed Spanakopita, Dandelion Wine, and Cranberry-Mint Muffins. "This is not a book. It is a prayer. It is a psalm. It is a window into the past. It is a glimpse of the future. It is awesome beauty. It is roots digging deep and flowers flying free. It is fact and fancy, medicine and myth. If you open it, you will have to buy it, for this is a feast you will want to eat slowly, to savor, to relish, to return to again and again. A great guide to green blessings in green ways written by a true wise woman." —Susun S Weed, herbalist, author: Wise Woman Herbal Series
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People QUICK VIEW

An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People


Canada's Native people have inhabited this land since the Ice Age and were already accomplished traders, artisans, farmers and marine hunters when Europeans first reached their shores. Contact between Natives and European explorers and settlers initially presented an unprecedented period of growth and opportunity. But the two vastly different cultures soon clashed. Arthur J. Ray charts the history of Canada's Native people from first contact to current land claims. The result is a fascinating chronicle that spans 12,000 years and culminates in the headlines of today.
Ancient People of the Arctic QUICK VIEW

Ancient People of the Arctic


Ancient People of the Arctic traces the lives of the Palaeo-Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic. Four thousand years ago, these people entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. From the hints they left behind, accessible only through the fragmented archaeological record, Robert McGhee ingeniously reconstructs a picture of this life at the margins. He discusses how the Palaeo-Eskimos spread across the entire Arctic, explains how they dealt with sharp climate changes that drastically altered their environment, offers glimpses into their spiritual practices and world view, and speculates about their eventual demise.
Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers: The Transformation of Inuit Settlement in the Central Arctic QUICK VIEW

Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers: The Transformation of Inuit Settlement in the Central Arctic


In recent years the view has emerged that the Inuit were coerced by the Canadian government into abandoning life in scattered camps for centres of habitation. In Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers David Damas demonstrates that for many years government policies helped maintain dispersed settlement, but that eventually concerns over health, housing, and education and welfare brought about policy changes that inevitably led to centralization. Damas shows that while there were cases of government-directed relocation to centres, centralization was largely voluntary as the Inuit accepted the advantages of village living. In examining archives, anthropological writings, and the results of field research from an anthropological perspective, Damas provides fresh insights into the policies and developments that led to the centralization of Inuit settlement during the 1950s and 1960s.
Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories QUICK VIEW

Coming Home: Stories from the Northwest Territories


Coming Home features eighteen stories by NWT writers that express the diversity of the region, speaking from many points of view. The foreword is by the renowned storyteller and NWT author Richard Van Camp. Included are stories of teenage angst in small communities; connection with the land; the Giant Mine strike of 1992; relationships both failed and renewed in Yellowknife; getting lost in the bush; Europeans shipwrecked and saved by Inuit; Inuit taken on board by Europeans; learning from elders and other cultures; a wonky tourism outing; going to jail for breaking a dog bylaw and many more.
George Dawson: The Little Giant QUICK VIEW

George Dawson: The Little Giant


An exceptional man, George Mercer Dawson (1849-1901) a tiny hunchback, may have contributed more than any other person to early knowledge of the geology, biology and ethnology of Canada's Northwest. Possessed of a brilliant mind, boundless enthusiasm, an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and a great love of the land, he made some of the most epic exploratory journeys in Canadian history. His maps and reports remain invaluable reference sources. Both Dawson City and Dawson Creek are named in his honour. This book tells the story of some of his life experiences and adventures.  
The Klondike Stampede QUICK VIEW

The Klondike Stampede


This classic in Yukon gold rush literature was originally published in 1900 and has long been out of print. Tappan Adney, a New York journalist, was dispatched to the Yukon in 1897, at the height of the gold fever, to 'furnish news and pictures of the new gold fields.' The pages contain excellent descriptions of the people, places, events, and experiences of the Klondike stampede. Adney was not only a good writer, he was also an accomplished photographer, and there are over 150 photographs and drawings in the text, adding an important visual dimension to the book.Author: Tappan Adney
Saqiyuq: Stories from the Lives of Three Inuit Women QUICK VIEW

Saqiyuq: Stories from the Lives of Three Inuit Women


A grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter take us on a remarkable journey in which the cycles of life - childhood, adolescence, marriage, birthing and child rearing - are presented against the contrasting experiences of three successive generations. Their memories and reflections give us poignant insight into the history of the people of the new territory of Nunavut. Apphia Awa, who was born in 1931, experienced the traditional life on the land while Rhoda Katsak, Apphia's daughter, was part of the transitional generation who were sent to government schools. In contrast to both, Sandra Katsak, Rhoda's daughter, has grown up in the settlement of Pond Inlet among the conveniences and tensions of contemporary northern communities - video games and coffee shops but also drugs and alcohol. During the last years of Apphia's life Rhoda and Sandra began working to reconnect to their traditional culture and learn the art of making traditional skin clothing. Through the storytelling in Saqiyuq, Apphia, Rhoda, and Sandra explore the transformations that have taken place in the lives of the Inuit and chart the struggle of the Inuit to reclaim their traditional practices and integrate them into their lives. Nancy Wachowich became friends with Rhoda Katsak and her family during the early 1990s and was able to record their stories before Apphia's death in 1996. Saqiyuq will appeal to everyone interested in the Inuit, the North, family bonds, and a good story.
Canoeing the Mountain Gifts from the Waters QUICK VIEW

Canoeing the Mountain Gifts from the Waters


Canoeing the Mountain transports the reader, bringing them along on a life-changing wilderness canoeing adventure on the wild and beautiful Mountain River in Canada's Northwest Territories. Only a few days into the 18 day trip, close calls and serious challenges begin for eight friends when one of their four canoes wraps around a rock. This true adventure campfire tale shares the many joys and trials of an unforgettable trip, while celebrating whitewater canoeing, the wonders of nature, and the paddler's inner journey.
The Quest for the Northwest Passage: Exploring the elusive route through Canada's Arctic waters QUICK VIEW

The Quest for the Northwest Passage: Exploring the elusive route through Canada's Arctic waters


For centuries, Europeans sought the elusive Northwest Passage that would link Europe to the Far East and China. Early visitors to Canada's northern coasts included Viking sailors and Basque whalers. Then came the prominent explorers -- John Cabot, Vasco da Gama, Martin Frobisher and Sir John Franklin. Now that global warming threatens to melt much of the Arctic ice cap, conflict over the Northwest Passage and the resource riches of the Arctic is intensifying.
Trail of the Spirit: Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed QUICK VIEW

Trail of the Spirit: Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed


In this new collection of stories, Dene Elder George Blondin defines medicine power, a gift from the Creator for the Dene way of life. Although medicine power has existed since before time began, here Blondin focuses on the past two hundred years, to show how it has shaped the Dene culture. Some are lucky enough to be born with, and the medicine power that some receive after birth or are taught by other medicine power people. This collection of stories and examples of Dene individuals who lived throughout history shows that there is a danger of losing the longstanding tradition of medicine power. Although this power can be used for both creation and destruction, it must be preserved as a vital element of the Dene way of life. In The Mysteries of Medicine Power Revealed, Blondin is our storyteller—bringing medicine power to life with true stories from Dene history. Blondin explains medicine power clearly, and brings a better understanding of this extraordinary phenomenon into the world. Includes a foreword by Richard Van Camp.
Bush flying: The romance of the north QUICK VIEW

Bush flying: The romance of the north


Offers readers a kaleidoscope of aviation stories from former bush pilot Robert Grant. Having logged more than 12,000 hours of flight time in the wilds of Canada, Grant takes the reader with him on his travels from coast to coast to coast. From adventures in the high arctic to near misses in the western mountain ranges, Grant shows that life behind the controls of a bush plane is not all fun and glamour. This book is sure to entertain all.
Spectacular Northwest Territories Canada: Images of Canada's Northwest Territories QUICK VIEW

Spectacular Northwest Territories Canada: Images of Canada's Northwest Territories


The Northwest Territories is a stunning land of remarkable contrasts with over one million kilometers of huge mountains, forests, and tundra threaded by free flowing rivers that feed thousands of pure lakes. And rare wildlife abound in this pristine environment where fewer than 40,000 people make their home. George Fischer, one of Canada’s best-known photographers, has captured this astonishing landscape in all its moods and splendor.
Ice Pilots, The: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North QUICK VIEW

Ice Pilots, The: Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North


 Based on the top-rated TV show now airing on History Channel and Global TV in Canada, and in eleven other countries around the world, The Ice Pilots follows a group of pilots in Yellowknife, Canada, and the extraordinary adventures of the most unorthodox flyboys on earth. Renegade Arctic airline Buffalo Airways defies the cold and the competition by using World War 2-era propeller planes to haul vital fuel, supplies and passengers to remote outposts across the world's last great wilderness of northern Canada. From rookie pilots trying to earn their wings in dangerous conditions to vintage planes that flew over Normandy on D-Day, The Ice Pilots brings its readers on an engaging romp through Arctic skies. The intrepid Michael Vlessides -- the writer behind Les Stroud's bestselling Survivorman books -- braves bone-chilling temperatures, treacherous landings and iconic owner "Buffalo" Joe McBryan's famous temper to capture behind-the-scenes stories about the ice pilots, the crew, the passengers and the communities they serve. Weaving in history about bush pilots, plane crashes and the north,Vlessides has crafted an entertaining, informative narrative about aviation: the lifeline of this remote and icy world.
Guts Glory Artic Skiers Who Challenged World QUICK VIEW

Guts Glory Artic Skiers Who Challenged World


It brings to life the amazing saga of Canada's cross-country pioneers - the talented young Aboriginal racers from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, who skied to international glory in the late 1960s and 1970s. When these kids blazed their way to the Olympics, they set the stage for today's Canadian stars. They were feted by the media, ski fans across the world, and the Prime Minister of the day, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

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