NONFICTION

What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal

Annick. Nov. 2019. 132p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781773213293; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781773213286.
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Gr 6 Up–This eclectic work of nonfiction shares several stories about the struggles and survival of Indigenous people across North America, primarily focusing on Canada and the United States. The text is told from an Indigenous perspective and highlights several different Nations and time periods, not necessarily in chronological order. Colorful maps, photos, and illustrations break up the text, making it easily readable. Sidebars give more information about time periods and ask readers to imagine themselves in the shoes of the Indigenous people. The authors clearly detail the harm that colonists and the government inflicted on Indigenous people throughout history to the present day. The scale of the loss of land, culture, and lives is made obvious throughout the text. A glossary of helpful terms, a list of selected sources, and a comprehensive index conclude the volume. This book is highly engaging and educational, though the organization of material (broken up by chapters such as “Slavery,” “New Days,” “Assimilation,” and “Our Day Is Not Over” rather than time period or tribe) may prove challenging for readers hoping to use it for a school project.
VERDICT Overall, the combination of modern and historical insight is extremely effective. A valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn more about Indigenous history and a vital purchase for all collections.

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