Synopses & Reviews
For the Anishinaabeg people, who span a vast geographic region from the Great Lakes to the Plains and beyond, stories are vessels of knowledge. They are bagijiganan, offerings of the possibilities within Anishinaabeg life. Existing along a broad narrative spectrum, from aadizookaanag (traditional or sacred narratives) to dibaajimowinan (histories and news)andmdash;as well as everything in betweenandmdash;storytelling is one of the central practices and methods of individual and community existence. Stories create and understand, survive and endure, revitalize and persist. They honor the past, recognize the present, and provide visions of the future. In remembering, (re)making, and (re)writing stories, Anishinaabeg storytellers have forged a well-traveled path of agency, resistance, and resurgence. Respecting this tradition, this groundbreaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this peopleandrsquo;s stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large. Examining a range of stories and storytellers across time and space, each contributor explores how narratives form a cultural, political, and historical foundation for Anishinaabeg Studies. Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life. They are new and dynamic bagijiganan, revealing a viable and sustainable center for Anishinaabeg Studies, what it has been, what it is, what it can be.
Whatandrsquo;s in a story? For the Anishinaabeg people of the Great Lakes, Plains, and beyond, everything and more. Stories honor the past, recognize the present, and provide visions for the future. This groundbreaking anthology celebrating one of the oldest tribal narrative traditions in the Americas features twenty-four contributors who propose, utilizing myriad critical approaches, that stories provide a viable and sustainable center for Anishinaabeg studies.and#160;
About the Author
Jill Doerfler (White Earth Anishinaabe) is Associate Professor and Department Head of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesotaandndash;Duluth.Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor in the Departments of English and Native Studandshy;ies at the University of Manitoba.Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria.