Rekindling the Sacred Fire
Metis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality
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University of Manitoba Press
Winner of the 2016 Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award and the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.
Why don't more Métis people go to traditional ceremonies? How does going to ceremonies impact Métis identity? In Rekindling the Sacred Fire, Chantal Fiola investigates the relationship between Red River Métis ancestry, Anishinaabe spirituality, and identity, bringing into focus the ongoing historical impacts of colonization upon Métis relationships with spirituality on the Canadian prairies. Using a methodology rooted in an Indigenous world view, Fiola interviews eighteen people with Métis ancestry, or an historic familial connection to the Red River Métis, who participate in Anishinaabe ceremonies, sharing stories about family history, self-identification, and their relationships with Aboriginal and Eurocanadian cultures and spiritualities.