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VIC119 Myths and Legends in Modern Contexts (Fall 2023)

Indigenous Research Resources

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada: First Nations 

Contemporary overviews on topics related to Canada's First Nations. While this source is not comprehensive in its topic coverage and is organized differently than most reference sources, the authors/contributors are predominantly members of Indigenous cultures with geographic ties to Canada and it offers a current perspective. 

Omushkego Oral History Project

A library of recordings of legends, mystery stories, and oral history of the Omushkegowak or “ Swampy Cree” people of the Hudson and James Bay Lowlands of northern Manitoba and Ontario.

The materials were recorded Louis Bird, an Aboriginal scholar, storyteller, and performer. A transcript accompanies each recording.

Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: Oral Histories and Traditional Stories Collection

Traditional Métis culture was orally based and the oral tradition has always been its key component. A collection of traditional Métis stories on audio and video.

Early Canadiana Online

A digital collection of fiction and nonfiction in Indigenous languages (Ojibwa, Chinookan, Mi’kmaq, Iroquoian, Cree and others), English, and French published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early twentieth century.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

Primary sources reflecting the impact of invasion and colonization on Indigenous Peoples in North America, and the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge in manuscripts, books, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, images of artwork, and more. Includes Native stories, legends, and mysteries recorded by white settlers and scholars and published in books and journals.

Additional Resources

 Indigenous Studies - recommended sources via the University of Toronto Libraries

Other major research resources (reference sources and journal databases) in the field of Indigenous Studies.

TIP: To find books/e-books and book chapters written by Indigenous writers, consider using subject headings such as Native authors in your search. There are other appropriate subject headings, but here is an example of results from the following subject heading search:
Canadian literature -- Native authors    Note: this mostly applies to works of literature /fiction/historical fiction.

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Publishers and Distributors

A research guide with publishers of books who specialize in releasing fiction and nonfiction titles by and about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Indigenous Digital Collections
An annotated list of online libraries housing digitized materials related to the Indigenous Peoples, organized geographically.

Canadian Literature & Poetry in English: First Nations
A research guide with anthologies of Indigenous stories and plays, available as electronic books from the University of Toronto Libraries.

Indigenous Book Club and Discover Indigenous Authors
A annotated list of graphic novels, movies, podcasts, fiction and nonfiction titles, in addition to other works created by Indigenous authors and artists.

Indigenous authors

The following authors identify as Haida, or as members of an Indigenous community with history in Canada