Kokum's Gift: Teachings from Ojibway and Cree Spirituality, Culture, and Traditions is a unique publication that is part art exhibition catalogue, part historical photograph archive, part quotable quote and part poetry collection.
The content was developed into a cohesive whole by Cree and Ojibway artist and writer Gordon Miller, a member of the Mattagami First Nation.
The artist has created 20 art paintings that correspond to a specific poem and theme such as creation, caribou, the storyteller, powwow dancer, the windigo, three sisters, Crowfoot's words, the guardian, going home, seven clans of the Anishinawbe, and Kokum's gift.
The second section of the this 99-page book is a selection of quotes from historical figures such as Tecumseh, Red Cloud, Chief Seattle, Chief Dan George, and Black Elk.
The next section includes twelve pieces of original paintings such as the moving piece, Treaty 9 Mattagami Post 1909. The final selection includes family archival black and white photographs called my photographs of a proud and self-reliant people. These images show family in front of their log home, a couple picking blueberries, children posing in front of a one-room schoolhouse, and a family summer camp.
The overall impact of this book is one that clearly speaks to a First Nation man's worldview and spiritual teachings.
It is available at Goodminds.com and can be ordered from the author.
Gold and Salvation
GOLD AND SALVATION is a 63,332-word noirish crime novel. It’s a tale of murder, love and greed in the border cities of Windsor and Detroit, then down through the States in a 1940 Ford coupe all the way to Juarez, Mexico.
The year is 1952 and it’s tough finding an honest job with all the boys back from the war. But Jimmy Delaney figures he’s stepped out on Easy Street. He’s stolen $60,000 in gold bars—the score of a lifetime. Now all he has to do is haul ass down to Mexico and lay on the beach with Clover Spence: a Mètis woman and the love of his life. Clover is a smart P.I. who’s been following the straight and narrow—until she meets Jimmy. What he’s done to deserve a dame as fine as Clover he cannot imagine, especially when Easy Street turns into Mean Street. Jimmy’s partner is murdered, mobsters want his gold, and the odds of a happy ending start looking mighty slim.
It’s available at Amazon and Kindle and can be ordered through the author.