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FIREWEED
by TUNCHAI REDVERS

i am femme, i am fireweed

FireweedTunchai Redvers's debut poetry collection, explores the rawness, trauma, and realities of adolescence compounded with the experience of being a young, Indigenous, and two-spirit intergenerational residential school survivor. Rooted in the symbolism and growth of fireweed, a flower native to the northwest of Canada, this collection takes readers through the hurt, healing, love, and spreading that encompassed the first 23 years of the author’s attempt to find truth, safety and connection. Redvers dedicates her book to Indigenous youth, Indigenous women, and two-spirit people who are quite literally dying to not only have relevant content and support available to them, but content and support that is healing and hopeful.

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TUNCHAI REDVERSPraise for Fireweed: 

"Having grown up witnessing the miracle of fireweed springing up to cover mountains blackened from forest fires, I could not think of a better title for this collection. Tunchai brings us into a world where all has been burned, where everything hurts, and where it's safest for a two-spirit person to stay "closeted." Then, among the smoke and ashes, she weaves poems of healing, and we can feel the roots take hold. With this work, Tunchai sends those roots deep into the earth, and brings forth colour back into the world, lighting up the darkness, transforming destruction into fields of bright pinks and purples against summer blue skies: "i am queer always / i am dene always / i am colonial resistance" writes Tunchai, and I breathe in the renewal of a forest beginning again, of Indigenous 2SQ brilliance, of a returning to ourselves. Each poem in this book brings medicine for all of us who have been hurt, broken, burned. There is hope, there is healing, there is space to begin again, and Tunchai's poetry shows us the way."
—Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa) author of you are enough: love poems for the end of the world

"Tunchai’s Fireweed is a gift – to the youth she once was, to the women she walks with today, to the society she lives within. Open and gentle, it is poetry that carries truth in its raw plea for self-acceptance, in the deep contentment of self-love, and through the fire of taking up her rightful space as an Indigenous woman, as a Two-Spirit person, as a femme calling out for change, awareness and growth."
—Tenille Campbell, author of #IndianLovePoems

"Tunchai Redvers gives us the voice, the words, and the worlds, we never knew we needed. Her poetry dances with vulnerability and agency unlike anyone I have ever read."
—Ryan McMahon, Comedian, Writer, Maker of Media Things.

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Red Works Photography Tunchai Redvers, known to spirit as White Feather Woman, is a two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, and wanderer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation. With Dene, Métis and Scottish roots on her maternal side and English, Italian and Irish roots on her paternal side, she was born and raised in Treaty 8 territory, Northwest Territories. Now living in southern Ontario, she is the co-founder of We Matter, a national organization dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, her advocacy and writing centers the reclamation and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing. She spends most of her time resisting, loving, and travelling across territories, and considers herself a nomad just like her ancestors. She finds safety in the words: be proud of who you are, be thankful for those who love and guide you, and never forget where you came from.

Check out these articles about Tunchai and Fireweed:

CBC: N.W.T. Indigenous youth advocate publishes first book of poetry

CBC Radio: Fireweed: a book of poems

All Lit Up blog: On Activism and Poetry: An Interview with Tunchai Redvers

Open Book Summer Newsletter: Tunchai's "Dirty Dozen"

 

 

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