Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧ&#5156 (Paperback)

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Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ By Wanda John-Kehewin Cover Image


A vital collection weaving history, personal experience, and Indigenous resilience

Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ ᓂᑭᐦᒋ ᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ mamaht wisiwin, pakos yimow, nikihci- niskot p n is a wonder. It plays with form, space, and language, comparing meanings in English and n hiyaw win (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.

About the Author

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. Her Seven Sacred Truths was short-listed for the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award, and she received the World Poetry Foundation's Empowered Poet Award for her debut, In the Dog House. She lives in the BC Lower Mainland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781772015126
ISBN-10: 1772015121
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English