The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin

SKU: 9781552666593

Lynn Gehl
Grade Levels:
College, University
Algonquin, Ojibwe
Book Type:
Fernwood Publishing
Copyright Data:

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In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Treaty at Niagara, The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process offers readers a first-ever Anishinaabe insider analysis of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada. Incorporating an analysis of traditional symbolic literacy known as wampum diplomacy, Lynn Gehl argues that despite Canada’s constitutional beginnings, first codified in the 1763 Royal Proclamation and ratified during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara, Canada continues to deny the Algonquin Anishinaabeg their right to land and resources, their right to live as a sovereign nation and consequently their ability to live mino-pimadiziwin (the good life). Lynn Gehl moves beyond Western scholarly approaches rooted in historical archives, academic literature and the interview method. She also moves beyond discussions of Indigenous methodologies, offering an analysis through Debwewin Journey: a wholistic Anishinaabeg way of knowing that incorporates both mind knowledge and heart knowledge and that produces one’s debwewin (personal truth). The volume contains maps, photographs, a bibliography and an index.

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