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Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair & Al Hunter -- Dual Book Launch

Wednesday Apr 10 2013 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

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.


Centering Anishinaabeg Studies

- Trade paperback

by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair - $29.95 - Add to Cart

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 possibilities within Anishinaabeg life. Existing along a broad narrative spectrum, from aadizookaanag (traditional or sacred narratives) to dibaajimowinan (histories and news)—as well as everything in between—storytelling is one of the central practices and methods of individual and community existence. Stories create and understand, survive and endure, revitalize and persist. They honor the past, recognize the present, and provide visions of the future. In remembering, (re)making, and (re)writing stories, Anishinaabeg storytellers have forged a well-traveled path of agency, resistance, and resurgence. Respecting this tradition, this groundbreaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people’s stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large. Examining a range of stories and storytellers across time and space, each contributor explores how narratives form a cultural, political, and historical foundation for Anishinaabeg Studies. Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life. They are new and dynamic bagijiganan, revealing a viable and sustainable center for Anishinaabeg Studies, what it has been, what it is, what it can be. Jill Doerfler (White Earth Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota–Duluth. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor in the departments of English and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Other contributors: Kimberly Blaeser, John Borrows, Lindsay Keegitah Borrows, Jill Doerfler, Heid E. Erdrich, Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Eva Marie Garroutte, Basil H.Johnston, James Mackay, Edna Manitowabi, Molly McGlennen, Cary Miller, Dylan A. T. Miner, Melissa K. Nelson, Margaret Noori, Brock Pitawanakwat, Thomas Peacock , Julie Pelletier, Keith Richotte Jr., Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, David Stirrup, Gerald Vizenor, Kathleen Delores Westcott