Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory (FNCR 2021)

Harper Collins CanadaSKU: 9781443457767

Author:
Robertson, David Alexander
Grade Levels:
Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Nation:
Cree
Book Type:
HC
Pages:
288
Publisher:
Harper Collins Canada
Copyright Data:
2021

Price:
Sale price$32.99
Stock:
In stock

Description

Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, is David Alexander Robertson's autobiography. The son of a Cree father and a non-Indigenous mother, David A. Robertson was raised with virtually no knowledge or understanding of his family’s Indigenous roots. His father, Don, spent his early childhood on a  trapline in the bush northeast of Norway House, Manitoba, where his first teacher was the land. When his family was moved permanently to a nearby reserve, Don was not permitted to speak Cree at school unless in secret with his friends and lost the knowledge he had been gifted while living on his trapline. His mother, Beverly, grew up in a small Manitoba town with not a single Indigenous family in it. Then Don arrived, the new United Church minister, and they fell in love. Structured around a father-son journey to the northern trapline where Robertson and his father will reclaim their connection to the land, Black Water is the story of another journey: a young man seeking to understand his father's story, to come to terms with his lifelong experience with anxiety, and to finally piece together his own blood memory, the parts of his identity that are woven into the fabric of his DNA.

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