Many promote Reconciliation as a “new” way for Canada to relate to Indigenous Peoples. In Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence activist, editor, and educator Leanne Betasamosake Simpson asserts reconciliation must be grounded in political resurgence and must support the regeneration of Indigenous languages, oral cultures, and traditions of governance.
Simpson explores philosophies and pathways of regeneration, resurgence, and a new emergence through the Nishnaabeg language, Creation Stories, walks with Elders and children, celebrations and protests, and meditations on these experiences. She stresses the importance of illuminating Indigenous intellectual traditions to transform their relationship to the Canadian state.
Challenging and original, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back provides a valuable new perspective on the struggles of Indigenous Peoples.
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Zainab Amadahy, in Black Coffee Poet writes:
It took me quite a while to get through Dancing… Whipping through it would have been like gobbling down a gourmet feast. Instead, I savoured the experience, allowing feelings generated by the words to infuse my being, challenge or validate my thoughts and inspire me to new heights.
Damien Lee, in Briarpatch Magazine writes:
As Simpson discusses in the last sections of the book, true reconciliation will occur when new generations of Anishinabek and other Indigenous peoples are able to enjoy their cultures, languages, territories and political systems free of state interference. Reconciliation thus requires a complete cessation of Canada’s interventions in Indigenous communities, including, for example, ceasing to co-opt Indigenous peoples’ self-determination movements, so that our leaders are able to relate to Canada in ways that honour unique Indigenous political traditions.
Pegi Eyers, in The Link writes:
Leanne Simpson’s Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back is a beautifully crafted clarion call specifically directed to the Nishnaabeg Nation and the Mississauga Ojibway, the original inhabitants of the Kawarthas. Her new work is a blending of wisdom teachings from the Elders, stories that flow from myth and the oral tradition, illuminations of heart-knowledge (the Debwewin “truth”), studies on the Nishnaabeg language and stages of life, and solidresearch interspersed with brilliant observation.
- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Named Writer to Watch for 2014
News August 8th 2014
- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Grassy Narrows for the CBC
News July 31st 2014
- RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award Leanne Simpson on the significance of storytelling
Interview June 20th 2014
- Shelagh Roger’s extended conversation with Thomas King and Leanne Simpson
Audio January 28th 2014
- ARP Releases First eBook
News April 4th 2012