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Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence

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Many promote Reconciliation as a "new" way for Canada to relate to Indigenous Peoples. In Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence activist, editor, and educator Leanne Simpson asserts reconciliation must be grounded in political resurgence and must support the regeneration of Indigenous languages, oral cultures, and ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Arbeiter Ring
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plus je lis sur les Premières Nations & plus je deviens convaincue qu'il n'y a rien, dans notre éducation, qui nous prépare à la cohabitation avec les peuples autochtones & à la reconnaissance de leurs droits. Il y a un passage, dans Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, où Leanne Simpson explique à quoi ressemblait le partage du territoire entre deux nations, avant l'arrivée des colons : la notion de frontière qui est la nôtre, celle d'un tracé au crayon sur une carte, y est absente. Chez les N ...more
Lisa Faye
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This books is so, so good. It is hopeful and encouraging and a real education. I came away with some real solid ideas around actions that I can take in my life to nurture resurgence - in my family, in my community, and in myself. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in understanding Canadian history, understanding the real effects of colonization in present day Canada, and committed to playing a role in decolonizing and resurgence.
Leah Horlick
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A must-read for anyone (but especially activists) seeking to decolonize their movements; reminded me very much of the work being done on emergent strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown and the Octavia's Brood collective. Simpson's writing is so beautiful and clear while being layered and complex. Really wonderful writing by Saskatoon folks quoted in here too!
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Read it while doing my master's. Really helped me visualize possibilities for educational decolonization both in terms of my own studies and the school system.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dancing on our Turtle's Back is a beautifully, clearly written, personal, insightful, and enlightening work that addresses Anishinaabe resurgence and decolonization, through returning to the life ways of Simpson's ancestors. The book is written for and to Nishnaabeg people and should be read respectfully as such, but it is also a way for non-Indigenous people to understand how to decolonize our daily lives and our movements in harmony with such a resurgence. I look forward to reading this book a ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: culture jammers, forward thinkers, open minds
A profound and compelling treatise. Excellent suggestions for living from a new/old perspective: “…our goals have been consistent throughout history: to restore balance, justice and good health to our lands and our peoples and to have good relations with settler governments and peoples based on respect for our sovereignty, independence and jurisdiction over our territories.”
“…Creating was the base of our culture. Creating was regenerative and ensured more diversity, more innovation and more life
Emily Kimball
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I needed this book. Leanne Simpson's beautiful mixture of academic theory with personal stories, and the honoring of other people's experiences as well, made the content and delivery incredibly holistic.
An interesting view of how we should tackle Indigenous/non-Indigenous issues in Canadian society, promoting resurgence and regeneration of Indigenous communities as opposed to immediately going to reconciliation.
easily the most important thing i've read in years. so grateful to have access to a basic introduction to teachings & knowledge indigenous to the land i live on & near.
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