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Indigenous Toronto : stories that carry this place

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  • Contributor: Bolduc, Denise; Gordon-Corbiere, Mnawaate; Tabobondung, Rebeka; Wright-McLeod, Brian

    A collection of perspectives by and about Indigenous Toronto, past, present, and future. Beneath every major city in North America lies a deep and rich Indigenous history that has been colonized, paved over, and ignored. Few of its current inhabitants know that Toronto has seen 12,000 years of different peoples, including the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and a vibrant culture and history that thrives to this day. With original contributions by Indigenous elders, scholars, journalists, artists, activists, and historians about art, food, health, and more, this unique anthology explores the poles of erasure and cultural continuity that have come to define a crossroads city-region that was known as a meeting place long before the arrival of European settlers. Contributors include political scientist Hayden King, artist and curator Wanda Nanibush, chief Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, poet and broadcaster Duke Redbird, playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, educator Kerry Potts, writer/journalist Miles Morrisseau and photographer Nadya Kwandibens.

    • Cover
    • Title Page
    • Copyright Page
    • Dedication
    • Table of Contents
    • Rising Like a Cloud: New Histories of 'Old' Toronto
    • Remember Like We Do
    • Williams Treaties
    • A Story About the Toronto Purchase
    • On the Back of the Turtle: Ancient Life and Death in the City
    • An Indigenous Archaeologist at the Rouge National Urban Park
    • Don Song
    • Four Murals
    • Tannis Neilsen: The Simcoe Street Mural
    • The Two Lives of Doctor O
    • The Dance from Cabbagetown Cones to Shiibaashka'igan Cones
    • Rez Rocket Romance Duke Redbird, A Man of Many Words
    • Robert Markle: The Power of the Mark/ At the Hinge of Light and Dark
    • Tomson Highway and the Language of Laughter
    • 'I Just Woke Up One Morning and I Was a Playwright'
    • Daniel David Moses
    • An Excerpt from Coyote City
    • An Excerpt from Two Indians
    • A Life in Business, Crafts, and Theatre
    • The Anishinaabe City: Ogimaa and Mikana
    • Kapapamahchakwew: Wandering Spirit School and the Vision of with Nimkiiquay
    • Verna Johnston, Nokomis
    • Millie Redmond: The Flame Dr. Janet Smylie and 'Our Health Counts Toronto Joe Hester: Anishnawbe Health Toronto
    • Renegade Radio: A Voice of Dissent in a World of Compromise
    • Serendipity Voices
    • Honour the Earth: Activism in the Eighties
    • Concrete Indians
    • The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto
    • Marjorie Beaucage, the Runner
    • Now that We Know
    • No Thrills and Bougie Bannock
    • The NishDish Journey
    • Jim Dumont Onaubinisay
    • Notes
    • The Contributors
    • The Editors
    • Acknowledgements
    • Image Credits
    Original Publisher: Toronto, Coach House Books
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781770566460, 1770566457, 1770566465, 9781770566453
    Collection(s)/Series: First Nations Communities Read 2022