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Dancing On Our Turtle's Back

Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence

by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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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.

About the Author
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation in Ontario. She is the author of six previous books. Her newest novel is Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies and her latest album is Theory of Ice. Simpson is on the faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
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Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence

This is a hopeful, in-depth academic analysis of political mobilizations and resurgences of indigenous cultures. Readers will gain an appreciation of the struggles and challenges of native communities revealed through Nishnaabeg celebrations and protests, conversations with elders and creation stories. Simpson’s goal is to share stories of resistance and resurgence in order to help future generations build on the emerging “Indigenous Renaissance”. By honouring holistic “circles of healing” and restorative justice intrinsic to aboriginal cultures, Simpson reinforces how “elders … inspire us to envision alternative futures.” Includes extensive footnotes.

Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and activist.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2011-2012.

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