This book is one woman's examination of her role as an otepayemsuak, a Métis, in this 500-year era of resistance and change. We are in a time when many Indigenous prophecies are reaching into the present - those of the ancient Mayan, the Hopi, the Iroquois, the Cree, the Métis. As with the ancient Mayan, where December 12, 2012, marks the end of the long count calendar, according to the prophecy of the Mohawk's seventh generation, we have reached the time to restore Indigenous stewardship of the land. The words that follow the title of the first chapter of the trees are still bending south, are those of Louis Riel: "My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give them back their spirit."
About the authors
Sharron Proulx-Turner is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Originally from the Ottawa river valley, Sharron is from Algonquin, Ojibwe, Mohawk, Wyandat, Mi'kmaw, French and Irish ancestry. She's a two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker. Where the Rivers Join (1995), a memoir (Beckylane), was a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and what the auntys say (2002), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Prize for poetry. Sharron's work appears in several anthologies, including Oxford Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, Crisp Blue Edges, Tales from Moccasin Avenue, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, and in literary journals, including Gatherings, Yellow Medicine Review and West Coast Line. Sharron has two more recent books, a mixed-genre-historical-fiction called, she walks for days/ inside a thousand eyes/ a two-spirit story (2008), and a book of dedication poems called, she is reading her blanket with her hands (2008). She is currently transcribing the recorded lifestory of Lakota Elder Beverly Little Thunder, who, together with her daughter Lushanya Echeverria, leads the only all-women's Sundance on Turtle Island. the trees are still bending south is Sharron's fifth book.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (she/her/hers) is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as well as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures and Oral Traditions at the University of Toronto. She is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press which was established in 1993 to publish the work of Indigenous creators. Kateri has written two books of poetry, was a contributor to the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold, was editor of the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two poetry and music CDs. Kateri's work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world. (Re)Generation: The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, a book of collected poems, edited by Dallas Hunt, will be released this year by Wilfrid Laurier Press.
I walked into this woman's dreams through the pages of this book searching for the ghosts that inhabit these pages. I met Louis for the first time in a woman's voice, a strong voice, a proud voice that had not sung for more than a hundred years. I entered and was able to see from the other side of the mirror. The songs, the words, come from within, deep, mournful, yet they are full of joy, sadness and pain, Êmuch of what you experience in a Sundance and a vision quest. This book is filled with all of this and much more. - duncan (Keewatin) mercredi In the poems in 'the trees are still bending south', the words of the English language burgeon with a different life, one lived on Turtle Island. Though it is a girl, a lover, a grandmother, a mom, who is telling these stories, singing these songs, her voice probing or celebrating the personal, the familial, the communal, the political, the mystical, her throat swells with the guidance of the Island's other inhabitants - monarch butterflies, spiders, snow owls, the one-footed bodies of snakes toward hope and wisdom. love is very powerfulshe hears those snakes sayand has the power to revive peoplefrom the deadThese poems are another sign of the cultural spring, the awakening of the sleeping spirits Riel predicted.-Daniel David Moses (Poet and Playwright of "Almighty Voice and His Wife")
Other titles by Sharron Proulx-Turner
Other titles by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
The Poetry of Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
150 Years Retold
Way of Thorn and Thunder, The
A Humour Composite
Gentle Habit, A
The Stone Collection
languages are beyond price
W'daub Awae, Speaking True
A Kegedonce Press Anthology
The Way of Thorn and Thunder