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North-west 1885

by (author) Walter Hildebrandt

Turnstone Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Canadian, Post-Confederation (1867-), Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
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In the spring of 1885, after years of growing tensions between the Canadian government and the spurned Métis, an armed resistance broke out that left dozens dead and wounded and generations of Indigenous peoples subjugated to Canadian rule.

In a hypnotic retelling of this North-West Resistance, acclaimed poet Walter Hildebrandt breaches the divide between Imperialist narrative, Indigenous orality, and Continental philosophy to disrupt this heavily-charged period of Canadian history. With resounding precision, Rupture: North-West 1885 opens the fissure between long-held Indigenous doctrines and the fates handed to those who dared to demand fair representation, ushering in a more just vision of the past and future.

About the author

Historian and poet Walter Hildebrant was born in Brooks, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton. He has worked as an historian for Parks Canada and as a consultant to the Treaty 7 Tribal Council, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Banff Bow Valley Task Force. He is co-author of The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 and The Cypress Hills: The Land and Its People, and author of Views From Battleford: Constructed Visions of an Anglo-Canadian West. His long poem Sightings was nominated for the 1992 McNally-Robinson Book of the Year for Manitoba. His book Where the Land Gets Broken won the Stephen G. Stephensson Award for Poetry in 2005. He is presently the Director of the Athabasca University Press. This is his seventh book of poetry.

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Excerpt: Rupture: North-west 1885 (by (author) Walter Hildebrandt)

Foreword a going back a return to old stories that left us with what we see on main street no longer whole before narrative blurred returned broken down seen a/new recognized an open eyed Angelus flying looking backward and for/ word beginnings citings

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