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A Short History of the Blockade
Giant Beavers, Diplomacy, and Regeneration in Nishnaabewin
By (author): Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Introduction by: Jordan Abel

ISBN:

9781772125382

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Feb 08, 2021
$12.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 5.25 x 0.24 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

88 pages
The University of Alberta Press
Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Animal life stories|Literary essays|Indigenous people: governance and politics
Ontario
  • Short Description
Through Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories about our relative the beaver, award-winning author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson explores the life-giving possibilities of dams and the world-building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance.
In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. Moving through genres, shifting through time, amikwag stories become a lens for the life-giving possibilities of dams and the world-building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance as both a negation and an affirmation. Widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation, Simpson’s work breaks open the intersections between politics, story, and song, bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. A Short History of the Blockade reveals how the practice of telling stories is also a culture of listening, “a thinking through together,” and ultimately, like the dam or the blockade, an affirmation of life.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario. She is the author of six previous books. Her newest novel is Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies and her latest album is Theory of Ice. Simpson is on the faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer who lives and works in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).

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