Dual launch of Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (University of Manitoba Press) and Beautiful Razor: love poems & other lies (Kegedonce Press).
Stories and storytelling are central to Anishinaabeg thought, history, and livelihood. There is, however, a critical lack of understanding of this story-centered worldview in Aboriginal studies programs that have been built within the constructs of colonial educational institutions. Written by many of North America’s leading Indigenous scholars and artists, Centering Anishinaabeg Studies is a poignant and deftly crafted guide through traditional and contemporary Anishinaabeg stories and leads the way to redefining the field of Aboriginal studies.
Editor Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor in the department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is the co-editor (with Warren Cariou) of the bestselling Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water.
Al Hunter is from Rainy River First Nations, Manitou Rapids, Ontario. He is a proud member of the Caribou clan whose roles and responsibilities include reconciliation, peacemaking, and the preservation of artistic, creative traditions of the Anishinaabeg. His work has appeared most recently in This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades; W’daub Awe: Speaking True; McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit: Stories of Struggle and Strength from First Natioins, Inuit, and Metis Peoples in Canada. He is a spoken word performer and the author of three books of poetry, Spirit Horses and The Recklessness of Love. Beautiful Razor: Love Poems & Other Lies is his third book. All are published by Kegedonce Press.
For the Anishinaabeg people, who span a vast geographic region from the Great Lakes to the Plains and beyond, stories are vessels of knowledge. They are bagijiganan, offerings of the poss...