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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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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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You Can’t Get There From Here: The Mystique of North American Plains Indians’ Culture & Philosophy

1995 John W Friesen
Kendall/Hunt.

ISBN: 978-0787211103
People are agreed that the cultural beliefs and practices of North American First Nations are unique, intriguing and different! Putting it even more strongly, the Read More »
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The Riel/Real Story: An Interpretive History of the Metis People of Canada

1994 John W Friesen
Borealis Press.

ISBN: 0-88887-182-1
The Metis people of Canada are unique. Their origins emanate from a merger of two of the nation’s founding peoples–resident First Nations and immigrant French. Their development and formation into a distinct culture is intricately linked with the role of their revered leader, Louis Riel. Read More »
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The Cultural Maze: Complex Questions on Native Destiny in Western Canada

1991 John W Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550590302
Native people in Western Canada today face a myriad of complex questions in virtually every sphere of functioning–legal, economic, educational, and spiritual to name a few. This book explores the different aspects of some of the pertinent issues affecting the Native Community, with a view to clarifying the underlying challenges. 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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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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