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Centering Anishinaabeg studies : understanding the world through stories

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  • Contributor: Doerfler, Jill; Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik; Sinclair, Niigaanwewidam James

    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)--as well as everything in between--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 people'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.

    • Maajitaadaa : Nanaboozhoo and the flood, pt. 2 / John Borrows
    • Bagijige : making an offering / Jill Doerfler, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Heidi Kiiwtinepinesiik Stark
    • I. Eko-Bezhig Bagijigan : stories as roots
    • Is that all there is : Tribal literature / Basil H. Johnston
    • Name : literary ancestry as presence / Heid E. Erdrich
    • Beshaabiag G'gikenmaaigowag : comets of knowledge / Margaret Noori
    • 2. Eko-niizh Bagijigan : stories as relationships
    • Story is a living being : companionship with stories in Anishinaabeg studies / Eva Marie Garroutte and Kathleen Delores Westcott
    • K'zaugin : storying ourselves into life / Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
    • Teaching as story / Thomas Peacock
    • 3. Eko-Niswi Bagijigan : stories as revelations
    • Every dream is a prophecy : rethinking revitalization; dreams, prophets, and routinized cultural evolution / Cary Miller
    • Constitutional narratives : a conversation with Gerald Vizenor / Gerald Vizenor and James Mackay
    • And the Easter bunny dies : old traditions from new stories / Julie Pelletier
    • 4. Eko-Niiwin Bagijigan : stories as resiliency
    • A philosophy for living : Ignatia Broker and constitutional reform among the White Earth Anishinaabeg / Jill Doerfler
    • A perfect copy : Indian culture and tribal law / Matthew L.M. Fletcher
    • Hydromythology of the Anishinaabeg : Will Mishipizhu survive climate change, or is he creating it / Melissa K. Nelson
    • 5. Eko-Naanan Bagijigan : stories as resistance
    • Wild Rice rights : Gerald Vizenor and an affiliation of story / Kimberly Blaeser
    • Transforming the trickster : Federal Indian Law encounteres Anishainaabe diplomacy / Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
    • Theorizing resurgence from within Nishnaabeg thought / Leanne Betasamosake Simpson with Edna Manitowabi
    • 6. Eko-ingodwaasi Bagijigan : stories as reclamation
    • Aadizookewininiwag and the visual arts : story as process and principle in Twenty-first Century Anishinaabeg painting / David Stirrup
    • Stories as Mshkiki : reflections on the healing and migratory practices of Minwaajimo / Dylan A.T. Miner
    • Horizon lines, medicine painting, and Moose calling : the visual/performative storytelling of three Anishinaabeg artists / Molly McGlennen
    • 7. Eko-Niizhwaasi Bagijigan : stories as reflections
    • Anishinaabeg studies : creative, critical, ethical, and reflexive / Brock Pitawanakwat
    • Telling all of our stories : reorienting the legal and political events of the Anishinaabeg / Keith Richotte
    • On the road home : stories and reflections from Neyaashiinigiming / Lindsay Keegitah Borrows.
    Original Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba, University of Manitoba Press
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780887555626
    Collection(s)/Series: Prairie Indigenous Ebook Collection