Edited By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm Co-Published with Huia Publishers, New Zealand.
"This anthology is a great read in the warmth of the sun, encouraging trickles of sweat to flow and your mind to overdose on the intimacies and loving we yearn for It"
The writing in the anthology is overwhelmingly contemporary, although some stories and poems are based on old tales. Ipellie,an Inuit writer based in Ottawa, is one such spinner of tales, including Summit with Sedna, the Mother of Sea Beasts, a story about the coupling of an Inuit shaman and he mythological underwater creature called Sedna. Other stories are thoroughly modern, including 'Year of the Dog', a hilarious and ribald tale about some porno addicts in the contemporary Northwest Territories. The really hot stuff, however, tends to be found in poems.
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.