In this engaging oral history, Doug Williams, Anishinaabe elder, teacher and mentor to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, recounts the history of the Michi Saagiig Nisnaabeg, tracing through personal and historical events, and presenting what manifests as a crucial historical document that confronts entrenched institutional narratives of the history of the region. Edited collaboratively with Simpson, the book uniquely retells pivotal historical events that have been conventionally unchallenged in dominant historical narratives, while presenting a fascinating personal perspective in the singular voice of Williams, whose rare body of knowledge spans back to the 1700s. With this wealth of knowledge, wit and storytelling skill, Williams recounts key moments of his personal history, connecting them to the larger history of the Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous communities.
Part of our Indigenous Collection.
Other contributors: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Editor).
Storytelling is not just a gift. It’s not just an art. It’s also a responsibility: the weaving together of history, philosophy, culture and humour frequently highlighting a culture’s perspective on the world. Doug Williams has been doing this as long as I can remember. He lives the culture, not just talks about it. The people and places he talks about in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg are more a part of our history then all the things going on in Ottawa. Reading Doug’s book took me back and reintroduced me to some people from my childhood, and taught me things I didn’t know about our community. The key to moving forward is always knowing where you are starting from. There are so many more stories hidden in the roads, trees and people of our community, this book just whets the appetite.
-Drew Hayden Taylor
|Subject||Indigenous Studies / Oral History|
|Pages||168 pp (Paper)|
|Dimensions||5.5″ × 8.5″ × .5″|