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Language Arts & Disciplines Translating & Interpreting

Exactly What I Said

Translating Words and Worlds

by (author) Elizabeth Yeoman

Publisher
University of Manitoba Press
Initial publish date
May 2022
Category
Translating & Interpreting, Native American Studies, Cultural
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780887552731
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $27.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780887552762
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $24.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780887552786
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $70.00 USD

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Description

“You don’t have to use the exact same words.… But it has to mean exactly what I said.” Thus began the ten-year collaboration between Innu elder and activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue and Memorial University professor Elizabeth Yeoman that produced the celebrated Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive, an English-language edition of Penashue’s journals, originally written in Innu-aimun during her decades of struggle for Innu sovereignty.

Exactly What I Said: Translating Words and Worlds reflects on that collaboration and what Yeoman learned from it. It is about naming, mapping, and storytelling; about photographs, collaborative authorship, and voice; about walking together on the land and what can be learned along the way. Combining theory with personal narrative, Yeoman weaves together ideas, memories, and experiences––of home and place, of stories and songs, of looking and listening––to interrogate the challenges and ethics of translation.

Examining what it means to relate whole worlds across the boundaries of language, culture, and history, Exactly What I Said offers an accessible, engaging reflection on respectful and responsible translation and collaboration.

 

About the author

Translator, editor and educator Elizabeth Yeoman is the author of books, articles and documentaries about language, culture, translation, walking, land and memory. Most recently, she co-translated and co-edited Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (University of Manitoba Press) with its author, Innu elder and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue. She lives in St. John’s NL. 

 

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