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Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together

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How can North Americans come to terms with the lamentable clash between indigenous and settler cultures, faiths, and attitudes toward creation? Showcasing a variety of voices—both traditional and Christian, native and non-native—Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry offers up alternative histories, radical theologies, and poetic, life-giving memories that can unsettle our souls and wo ...more
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Published June 19th 2013 by Herald Press
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Brenda Funk
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read this book, but it was not an easy read. Many of the chapters were rightly written by our indigenous people, but some of the writing was also very angry, which served to make me, a 'settler' feel guilty and bad, but did not give me many constructive ideas on how to make amends, to heal. Perhaps just increasing my awareness is already a step in the right direction. There were many different writers with various perspectives, and some I found much more encouraging and healing, resto ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book worth reading. I'm grateful a friend pressed me to pick up a copy.

This collection of essays, poems, and a short-story grabs me by the shoulder and turns me so I can see a reality that I've blindly (willfully?) ignored for too long.

That said, I'm not sure what next steps I should take. That's my strongest critique of the volume. For a text put together by a church press for use by local congregations, BSSC has a disappointing dearth of on-ramps for involvement and activism.

Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad that I was assigned to read this text as part of the NAIITS program (Indigenous History & Mission in North America class) so I didn't wait any longer. Don't pass up this compilation of some of beautiful pieces of poetry that frame articles in a dialogue between people with native and settler backgrounds. There is a strong enough critique to the theological, ecological, and human fragmentation to be sure. Yet still there is much hope. These texts have an abundance of the voice calling us ...more
M.J. Perry
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to a Theology on Tap group to which I belong. The group discusses books that help examine the intersection faith and life, sometimes in uncomfortable ways. There is always a theology/faith book and a companion piece. In this case the companion piece was "The Inconvenient Indian" by Tom King. (Reviewed elsewhere on this page.)

"Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry" is an anthology compiled and edited by Stephen Heinrichs with the Mennonite Central Committee. Like many anthologies it
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Inspiring theology
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BUFFALO SHOUT, SALMON CRY, Steve Heinrichs, editor, Herald Press, 2013
This has been a wonderful book to read during October, and the subjects have been deepened, as my church celebrated Indigenous Day in worship and as some of us went to a local gathering in solidarity with our relations at Standing Rock and as my husband prepares a class on white privilege relative to First Peoples.
Essays and Poems are grouped in four parts, and I will review one contribution from each section.
1. Naming the Co
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly remarkable! It brings together authors from very different backgrounds, from all over North America, puts them in dialogue with each other, and doesn't make them agree. It includes poetry, essay, story, comic, memoir, and unclassifiable literary genres. It is controversial, creative, and cohesive, in spite of its diversity. It deals with the twin issues of environmental justice and racial justice (specifically regarding indigenous populations in North America). This is a very ...more
Justin Eisinga
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly unique read. The reflections before and after each chapter really added to the content of this book. Each chapter provided a challenging perspective. This book really made me think about my role as a white [settler] Canadian and the relationship my generation and the generations before me has with our First Nations brothers and sisters. A challenging mixture of theology, history, and narrative.
Debbie Blane
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While I have not finished the book from cover to cover I am realizing that it is perhaps a several year's read and I need to move on for now. I have and continue to learn a great deal from this book and its different perspective on history and how to view nature. I recommend it as a deep, life changing read. ...more
Emily McFarlan Miller
I hadn't made it through the end of the introduction before I started recommending this book to everybody I know. A thought-provoking collection of essays, poems and more by Christians and non-Christians, Native and non-Native, on what it looks like to live together on this land in light of the gospel. ...more
Hard to recommend this enough for a church serious about engaging settler/colonial issues.
This is a critical book at this time especially for settlers and Christians to read. An excellent collection of poems, stories, and essays that help to start decolonizing my worldviews.
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