The Winter We Danced reveals the full depth and breadth of Idle No More, its traditional roots and future potential – reading, at times, like prophecy.This ambitious collection is brilliantly structured as a round dance; we are initiated in a section titled “First Beats.” …the more than 75 contributors represented here–including former Olympians and judges, journalists and Chiefs, musicians and former gang leaders–are dazzlingly diverse. We step lightly from poems to manifestos to blog posts to editorials. This free-flowing yet directed quality mirrors the round dances that invaded malls across North America the winter of 2012-13, challenging the rigid artifice around them. With each text, the significance of the format builds, and is compounded by stunning artwork.
December 17, 2020