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Legends of the Elders Handbook for Teachers, Homeschoolers, and Parents

2005 Virginia Lyons Friesen and John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592818
Legends of the Elders Handbook for Teachers, Homeschoolers, and Parents is a teaching guide to accompany the original four books of the Legends series. The stories in the series are brought to life through fun and educational lessons that have been designed specifically to promote active student participation for ease of learning. Lessons focus on particular areas of instruction such as Mathematics, Computer Research, Language Arts, and Physical education, as well as an important developmental abilities like Comprehension, Fine Motor Skills, Read More »
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Legends of the Elders Series

2005 Virginia Lyons Friesen and John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592955
The Legends of the Elders series is comprised of four illustrated legends books accompanied by a teaching guide for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents. The stories in the series are brought to life through fun and educational lessons that have been designed specifically to promote active student participation for ease of learning. Lessons focus on particular areas of instruction such as Mathematics, Computer Research, Language Arts, and Physical education, as well as an important developmental abilities like Comprehension, Fine Motor Skills, Read More »
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More Legends of the Elders

2004 John W Friesen and Virginia Lyons Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592733
Legends become so with the telling and retelling of them through many generations. Such stories entertain, enlighten, and entrance with their simplicity and clarity while giving us pause to think. In this follow-up to Legends of the Elders, John and Virginia Friesen take us further on our journey through the cultures of various North American Aboriginal tribes. Read More »
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Pick One: A User-Friendly Guide to Religion

1995 John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550591125
Religious beliefs form the basis of all cultures. The morals, teachings and practices define society, legal systems, family life and personal belief systems. Ultimately, today in North America, religion is a matter of individual choice. Are you Buddhist? Christian? Muslim? Sikh? Pick One: A User-Friendly Guide to Religion delves into the religions that exist in Read More »
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Rediscovering the First Nations of Canada

1997 John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550591439
Rediscovering the First Nations of Canada explores the intriguing question of what might have happened if the invading Europeans of the 15th and 16th centuries had arrived with a more appreciative stance towards the ways of the First Nations. Careful note is made of cultural features, inventions and creative adaptations that could have benefited the European newcomers had they Read More »
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Rose of the North

1987 John W Friesen
Borealis Press.

ISBN: 978-0888879165
Rose of the North is a novel about a young teacher, Anne Granger, who travels to a remote Native community in northwestern Canada and falls in love with a local Native man. When her family learns about Anne’s involvement, they are very upset. The book outlines the resultant clash with Anne’s conservatively religious parents, and details aspects of the educational situation in a northern Canadian Native community.
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Sayings of a Philosopher

2004 John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592689
“Heredity: The problem with the family gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.” “Existentialism: Today the purpose of life is to make oneself happy even if just for the moment or at the expense of others.” Read More »
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Sayings of the Elders: An Anthology of First Nations' Wisdom

1998 John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 9781550591620
“And so I say to you, the EuroCanadians; you have discovered our land and its resources, but you have not yet discovered my people nor our teachings, nor the spiritual basis of our teachings.” –Chief John Snow, Wesley Band, Stoney Nation Read More »
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Still More Legends of the Elders

2005 John W Friesen and Virginia Lyons Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592795
Still More Legends of the Elders is the third in a four-volume collection of stories passed down through generations of North American First Nations. “More Legends” inspire young readers to develop said principles, while “Learning Legends” encourage them to seek understanding of the world around them. The “Trickster Legends” have the well-known mischievous character bringing a wide variety of life’s lessons to our attention through surprise and laughter. Read More »
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The Community Doukhobors: A People in Transition

1989 John W Friesen and Michael M. Verigin
Borealis Press.

ISBN: 978-0888879059
It is fortunate that enough knowledge and experience of the old ways remains so that trans-generational comparisons can be made to determine the direction that community Doukhobors may select. Village ways, once the primary hotbed for individual memories, are also gone but their essence can still be recaptured through a visit with the older folk. Read More »
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