Wdaub Awae: Speaking True

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

CariouW'daub Awae: Speaking True
By Author: Warren Cariou

W'daub Awae: Speaking True - a Kegedonce Press anthology- brings together some of Canada's strongest and best loved voices on the aboriginal writing scene. Edited by Warren Cariou. It includes new writing by: Gregory Scofield, Richard Van Camp, Marilyn Dumont, Al Hunter, Joanne Arnott, Daniel Heath Justice and all your other favourite Kegedonce Press authors. Introduced and edited by the well-respected Warren Cariou, this anthology will become a classic in no time.

This anthology is a celebration of those extraordinary successes that Kegedonce has had since 1993, and of the pivotal role it has played in the recent history of Canada's Aboriginal literature. But for me, W'daub Awae is equally a pointer toward the future, a sign of the incredible diversity and vividness and powerful language that we can look forward to from Kegedonce in the years to come. Each piece represented here is only one small part of the extraordinary work that all of these writers will continue to produce in the future. (excerpt from Warren Cariou's intro to the collection)

Warren Cariou has written fiction and nonfiction about his home community in northwestern Saskatchewan, including Lake of the Prairies, which won the Drainie-Taylor Prize and was nominated for several other prizes. He teaches Aboriginal literature at the University of Manitoba where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

Think Indian

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

basilThink Indian
by author: Basil Johnston

A collection of essays and presentations.

Basil has delivered to numerous educational conferences and gatherings across Canada and the United States.  Topics covered, while all relating to the critical need to protect and encourage our language include how we are “One Generation Away From Extinction,”  “Cowboys and Indians” to “You can’t tell stories in the summertime” and the title essay “Think Indian.”

“Think Indian” bumper stickers pleaded and advocated in the 60’s, “Think Indian.”

And while the plea may have been intended for general consideration, it represented in many instances a personal appeal for the exercise of a greater degree or intensity of Indianness, particularly by those who were prevented, for a variety of reasons, from practicing real Indianness. (Excerpt from book)

Read MoreBook Endorsements:

"Basil Johnston proves once again that he is the dean of Canadian Native writers with this indispensable collection of his best and most entertaining essays.  Beautiful, lucid, sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking, Think Indian is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Native experience.  It will make you think again about what you thought you knew."

Warren Cariou, Professor


Basil Johnston has long been one of my favorite writers. His is always a unique and truly indigenous voice whether his focus is on storytelling or the sacred, the history and culture of his own nation or his inspiring personal journey out of the labyrinth of the Indian boarding schools into prominence as an internationally known author.
 
I always expect the best from Basil, but this new book exceeds my expectations. THINK INDIAN is at once
amusing and thought-provoking, a fine blend of scholarship and storytelling. These well-crafted essays--ranging explorations of the importance of Native languages and prescription for their preservation
to personal musings on the ironic positions in which modern Native people find themselves--are a pure delight.
 
Joseph Bruchac
 Author of the best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children from his “Keepers” series

The Colour of Dried Bones

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

leslieThe Colour of Dried Bones
by author: Leslie Belleau.

A collection of intertwined short stories.

Together, they show the life of a young Ojibway woman as she struggles to find her place in society, within her relationships, and within her own body. In her exploration of different moments in her life, loves, friendships, hardships and motherhood, she also explores her relationships with her family, her people, and the people around her.

Through observation and intense seeking, she breaks through her confusion and eventually, finds a voice that is her own-even if she does not yet recognize it. Ultimately, she discovers that she must look within herself to determine her outcome. That only by travelling homeward, to her roots at her reserve, can she find the path that leads to healing and rest.

Skins

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

kateriprofileSkins
By Author: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

“An absolutely absorbing collection.”  Philip Adams, Australian Broadcasting Corp.

This is an eclectic and non-representative mixture that serves well as a partial survey of the range of types of contemporary aboriginal writing. Included is Sherman Alexie's satiric dystopian narrative poem on how Indians provided the cure to cancer; Alootook Ipellie's story of a struggle between Innu shamans over a matter of adultery; Kimberly Blaeser's story about feuding brothers which ends with their re-union while facing a fire and a rogue a skunk at a fancy dog contest; and Louise Erdrich's story "Gramp Kaspaw's Ghost" (from  Love Medicine), which like much of her other writing, addresses the links between spirit, earth and the self.
Of interest to North American audiences will be the short fictions by Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) writers such as Richard Frankland, Melissa Lucashenko, Bruce Pascoe, Witi Ihimaera and Briar Grace-Smith among many others. Skins mixes traditional tales such as Joseph Bruchac's "The Hungry One" with more contemporary stories including Thomas King's "Border" which considers the clash between native traditions and Eurocentric oppression

- review by Karl Jirgens, Reviews from Rampike Volume 12, Number 1

Contemporary Indigenous Writing (anthology) compiled and edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm & Josie Douglas, features First Nations writing from North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Living in Harmony

01 May 2014 Published in Childrens

basilLiving in Harmony - The Anishinaubaemowin series
by author: Basil Johnston.

“In late August the birds that migrate for the winter begin to gather in flocks. How soon or late they gather will reflect how soon or late winter will set in, but it will always take place in conjunction with the setting of autumn. It is the voice of Mother Earth pulsating through the plants to the insects, birds, and animals, letting them know that it is time to go. What insects, birds and animals do in answer to Mother Earth’s beckoning is nothing more nor nothing less than it is time to do this because this is taking place.”

– Exerpt from Introduction by Basil Johnston

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Honour Earth Mother

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

basilHonour Earth Mother
by author: Basil Johnston.

He writes of the real world at a time when reality seems to be disappearing from our vision. He knows what his ancestors have always known, that the only way to live on earth is to be a part of it. His new book is a remarkable examination of the connection of human beings to the Earth Mother.

"I heartily recommend it."
- Farley Mowat

Angel Wing Splash Pattern

01 May 2014 Published in Fiction

Richard Van CampAngel Wing Splash Pattern
by author: Richard Van Camp
Explore the healing going on in Indian country.

There is pain in these stories and there is loss. There is death, but there is also rebirth, and there is always the search from each of the narrators for personal truth. Readers will recognize Larry Sole from "The Lesser Blessed" in his story "How I Saved Christmas", but there are new voices here, new secrets, from new characters in communities across the north and the south, yet they are all linked by themes of hope, the spirit of friendship, and hunger.

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