Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead

SKU: 9781772015126

Author:
Wanda John-Kehewin
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Nation:
Plains Cree
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
96
Publisher:
Talonbooks
Copyright Data:
2023

Price:
Sale price$19.95

Description

Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead
ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ ᓂᑭᐦᒋ ᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ mamahtâwisiwin, pakosêyimow, nikihci-âniskotâpân

Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin uses writing as a therapeutic medium through which to understand and respond to the near-decimation of Indigenous cultures, languages, and Traditions. A vital collection weaving history, personal experience, and Indigenous resilience.

Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ ᓂᑭᐦᒋ ᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ mamahtâwisiwin, pakosêyimow, nikihci-âniskotâpân is a wonder. It plays with form, space, and language, comparing meanings in English and nêhiyawêwin (Plains Cree). The reader’s attention is drawn to the restrictive and imposed constructs of English grammar, the way it boxes in interpretation and cadence.

With inspiring defiance, Wanda John-Kehewin demonstrates which magics cannot be suppressed. Broken into three sections, Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead looks at the sickening grip of colonialism: its ongoing detriment to the mental health of Indigenous people, its theft of language, and the scope of its intergenerational harms. The author places herself, her work, and her family’s personal experiences in the context of a historical timeline running from the so-called doctrine of discovery to the present day. Recounting the two in tandem reveals the unrelenting nature of violence and, in turn, resistance. There is great power in truth; John-Kehewin “stands in her truth” so that other survivors may stand in theirs.

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