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Young Adult Fiction Aboriginal & Indigenous

The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

by (author) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Publisher
Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Category
Aboriginal & Indigenous, General (see also headings under Social Themes), Short Stories, Values & Virtues, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553793762
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $22.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553795711
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $18.00
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781553799153
    Publish Date
    Jul 2020
    List Price
    $26.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 4 to 6

Description

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. Sprinkled with gentle humour and the Anishinaabe language, this collection of stories speaks to children and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of stories that touch the heart.

About the author

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Leanne's books are regularly used in courses across Canada and the United States including Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Lighting the Eighth Fire (editor), This Is An Honour Song (editor with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi editorial collective). Her paper "Land As Pedagogy" was awarded the Most thought-provoking 2014 article in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her latest book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance is being published by the University of Minnesota Press in the fall of 2017. As a writer, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King. She has published extensive fiction and poetry in both book and magazine form. Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is a follow up to the acclaimed Islands of Decolonial Love and was published by the House of Anansi Press in Spring 2017. Leanne is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's profile page

Editorial Reviews

A SOLS First Nation Communities READ recommended title, 2015–2016

Southern Ontario Library Service

[These stories] embrace and embellish the teachings, reflecting their established power for today's listeners and readers of all ages. The words and images [roll] effortlessly off the tongue (and eyes). Highly Recommended.

CM Association

This was an absolutely exquisite book...sprinkled about with Nishnaabemowin so by the end of the book, you’ll be newly familiar with a number of beautiful words...This felt like a book of sacred texts.

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Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters

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Dancing On Our Turtle's Back

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