Islands of Decolonial Love

Islands of Decolonial Love

by Leanne Simpson


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In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson's characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the historical and ongoing injustices of racism and colonialism. Told with voices that are rarely recorded but need to be heard, and incorporating the language and history of her people, Leanne Simpson's Islands of Decolonial Love is a profound, important, and beautiful book of fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894037884
Publisher: Arbeiter Ring Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Literary Collection
Pages: 143
Sales rank: 263,331
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Leanne Simpson is a researcher, writer, and educator of Mississauga and Scottish ancestry. She is a member of the gidigaa bzhiw dodem and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg nation. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is the past director of Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University. Her research interests include Indigenist theory and methodology, Indigenous political cultures and traditional governance, Nishnaabeg women, Indigenous Knowledge, and Indigenous philosophies on land and the environment. Leanne currently teaches at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledgeat Athabasca University and has previously taught at Trent University, the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, and Tampere University in Finland.

Table of Contents

Indinawemaaganidog/all of my relatives 11

She hid him in her bones 15

Binesiwag 17

Leaks 21

Waaseyaaban 23

Giiwedinong 27

Smallpox, anyone 33

This beautiful disaster 37

Treaties 41

Pipty 45

Birds in a cage 49

Identity impaired 53

Lost in a world where he was always the only one 55

Jiimaanag 61

Jiibay or aandizooke 67

She told him 10 000 years of everything 71

Spacing 77

It takes an ocean not to break 79

Buffalo on 85

Ishpadinaa 95

Caged 97

Gezhizhwazh 105

Nogojiwanong 113

She is the only doorway into this world 113

She asked why 116

She asked them for help 117

She sang them home 124

For asinykwe 127

A love song for attawapiskat 131

Gwekaanimad 135

Acknowledgements 140

Credits 142

Bio 145

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