Noopiming (FNCR 2021)

Anansi PressSKU: 9781487007645

Author:
Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake
Grade Levels:
University
Nation:
Ojibwe
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
368
Publisher:
Anansi Press
Copyright Data:
2020

Price:
Sale price$22.95

Description

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson who is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation, is a novel that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics. In Noopiming, Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator’s will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves. Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for “in the bush,” and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie’s 1852 memoir Roughing It in the Bush. To read Simpson’s work is an act of decolonization, degentrification, and willful resistance to the perpetuation and dissemination of centuries-old colonial myth-making. It is a lived experience. It is a breaking open of the self to a world alive with people, animals, ancestors, and spirits, who are all busy with the daily labours of healing — healing not only themselves, but their individual pieces of the network, of the web that connects them all together.
 

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