Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Where I live, there are places told to me where the Ojibway and Dakota battled.  There is even two towns that carry the names–one is a narrows and the other is a lookout spot.  One elder even mentioned a battle that took place where a bridge is now–it’s where she wanted to offer tobacco, she …

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I did a two-part post on AIM (American Indian Movement), and you can read about the movement itself and its members.  AIM, according to the late founder Dennis Banks, was “formed to address the oppression of the native people living in the twin cities.” In Canada, Indigenous people held their share of protests for aboriginal …

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During Sunday weekly brunch with my parents, my dad told me about a book he had read.  Since we have the same reading tastes, I wanted to hear more about Seven Fallen Feathers:  Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga.  What can I say other than I’m knee-deep in this …

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If you enjoy First Nations literary and non-fiction, I highly recommend the works by Richard Wagamese.  My dad introduced me to this author a couple of years ago when he gave me Richard’s For Joshua:  A Native Father Teaches his Son for Christmas–a novel about what occurred to Richard as a result of the “sixties …

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