ERIC Number: ED335198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Our Bit of Truth: Voices of Native People in Classroom Literature.
This paper reviews Native American materials on current Canadian textbook lists and discusses a new anthology of works by and about Canada Natives. The "Circle Program," a kit of story books and English-as-a-Second-Language instructional materials for Native children in grades K-3, is recommended for children of all cultures and backgrounds. However, only 15 Native-oriented books for grades 6-12 are listed on the Canadian language arts textbook list and the Manitoba Department of Education, which has a special branch devoted to Native instructional materials, has only a few more. One reason for this scarcity is that Native literature is usually published in limited numbers by small publishing houses and quickly goes out of print. "Our Bit of Truth," edited by Agnes Grant, is a new anthology of Native literature that addresses the difficulty teachers experience in obtaining literature for classroom use. The works are organized under the various genres commonly found in language arts courses. Every genre has entries at varied reading levels, compiled with the interest levels of grades 7-12 in mind. A total of 37 different culture groups from all areas of Canada are represented. In an effort to counter the stereotyped roles usually assigned to Native peoples, a wide variety of traditional and contemporary experiences are portrayed. This paper contains a bibliography with 34 entries. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Cultural Relevance
Note: Paper presented at a workshop for the Canadian Indian Teacher Education Program (Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada, August 1991).