Folklore & Mythology

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Covenant in Wonder with the World, A

By J. Edward Chamberlin

In this 2010 Grand River Forum Lecture, Ted Chamberlin describes how stories give shape and substance to the things we believe in, from scientific theories and sacred texts to literary tales and philosophical propositions. They promote ideals and identities, and sustain institutions ... Read more

How to Kill a Vampire

By Liisa Ladouceur


A fascinating investigation of what strikes fear in an immortal’s heart

Vampires exist. And in every culture with a legend about bloodsuckers that rise from the grave to prey upon the living, there are rules and rituals for how to destroy them. How to Kill a Vampire is the ... Read more

Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

By Franz Boas
Edited by Randy Bouchard & Dorothy Kennedy

Franz Boas (1858-1942), geographer, linguist, physical anthropologist and ethnologist, is considered the father of modern North American anthropology.
The 1895 German publication of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Küste Amerikas gathered together in a single volume ... Read more

Ordinary Wonder Tales

By Emily Urquhart

A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday.

“I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essence of these stories,” writes Emily Urquhart. “I prefer the term wonder ... Read more

Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings

By Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch
Translated by Patricia BigGeorge

Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings is the second book in a series by renowned Ojibwe storyteller Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch, following on The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories (2019). Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings is a collection of traditional Ojibwe/Anishinaabe ... Read more

The Power of Story

By Harold R. Johnson

Award-winning Indigenous author Harold R. Johnson discusses the promise and potential of storytelling.

Approached by an ecumenical society representing many faiths, from Judeo-Christians to fellow members of First Nations, Harold R. Johnson agreed to host a group who wanted ... Read more

Tracking Doctor Lonecloud

By Ruth Holmes Whitehead

Tracking Dr. Lonecloud: Showman to Legend Keeper, by Ruth Whitehead, Nova Scotia Museum ethnologist, is a book that includes the memoir of Jerry Lonecloud, a Mi'kmaw hunter, healer, and showman. Co-published by Goose Lane Editions and the Nova Scotia Museum, the book offers ... Read more

Trail of Nenaboozhoo, The

Text by Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch
By (artist) Christi Belcourt

Nenaboozhoo, the creator spirit-being of Ojibway legend, gave the people many gifts. This collection of oral stories presents legends of Nenaboozhoo along with other creation stories that tell of the adventures of numerous beloved animal spirits. The Trail of Nenaboozhoo is ... Read more

Wo(men) and Bears

Edited by Kaarina Kailo

Wo(men) and Bears revisits classical debates in women's cultural and Native studies regarding nature and culture. As a mixed-genre anthology--academic and poetic, conversational and critical--the book consists of interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches on a widely-circulated ... Read more