Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Many Nations-An Alphabet of Native America
Soft cover, 32 pages
Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America by Abenaki children's author Joseph Bruchac is a reprint of his popular children's picture book about the many Native America Nations of North America. The illustrated alphabet represents 26 First Nations as each letter portrays a distinctive culture. Bruchac stresses the diversity of Native Americans in his author's note. For example, the letter A stands for the Anishinabe artists who make birch bark bowls. The final letter represents the Zuni Elders who are shown praying at the end of the day. In between these two images are illustrations showing Native Americans from the past and present. This is a useful introduction for primary students who want to learn about the diversity among Native Peoples. Each letter has a simple one-line caption for each two-page spread.