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Dancing on Our Turtle's Back

Dancing on Our Turtle's Back

Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence

Leanne Simpson (Author)

  • Publisher: Arbeiter Ring
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 198
  • Released: Apr 1, 2011
  • ISBN-13: 9781894037501


Many promote Reconciliation as a new way for Canada to relate to Indigenous Peoples. In Dancing on Our Turtle's Back activist, editor (of This is Not an Honour Song!), and educator Leanne Simpson asserts reconciliation must be grounded in political resurgence and must support the regeneration of Indigenous languages, oral cultures, and traditions of governance.

Simpson explores philosophies and pathways of regeneration, resurgence, and a new emergence through the Nishnaabeg language, Creation Stories, walks with Elders and children, celebrations and protests, and meditations on these experiences. She stresses the importance of illuminating Indigenous intellectual traditions to transform their relationship to the Canadian state.

Challenging and original, Dancing on Our Turtle's Back provides a valuable new perspective on the struggles of Indigenous Peoples. Another vital contribution from Arbeiter Ring.

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