Aki-wayn-zih: A Person as Worthy as the Earth (McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies #102)

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Aki-wayn-zih: A Person as Worthy as the Earth (McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies #102)

By  Eli Baxter , Editor  Matthew Ryan Smith
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Winner- 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language NonfictionMembers of Eli Baxter’s generation are the last of the hunting and gathering societies living on Turtle Island. They are also among the last fluent speakers of the Anishinaabay language known as Anishinaabaymowin.Aki-wayn-zih is a story about the land and its spiritual relationship with the Anishinaabayg, from the beginning of their life on Miss-koh-tay-sih Minis (Turtle Island) to the present day. Baxter writes about Anishinaabay life before European contact, his childhood memories of trapping, hunting, and fishing with his family on traditional lands in Treaty 9 territory, and his personal experience surviving the residential school system. Examining how Anishinaabay Kih-kayn-daa-soh-win (knowledge) is an elemental concept embedded in the Anishinaabay language, Aki-wayn-zih explores history, science, math, education, philosophy, law, and spiritual teachings, outlining the cultural significance of language to Anishinaabay identity. Recounting traditional Ojibway legends in their original language, fables in which moral virtues double as survival techniques, and detailed guidelines for expertly trapping or ensnaring animals, Baxter reveals how the residential school system shaped him as an individual, transformed his family, and forever disrupted his reserve community and those like it.Through spiritual teachings, historical accounts, and autobiographical anecdotes, Aki-wayn-zih offers a new form of storytelling from the Anishinaabay point of view.

Eli Baxter is a fluent Ojibway speaker, a survivor of the residential school system, a knowledge keeper, and a certified Ontario teacher who is married and has two grown children.

ISBN: 9780228008071

ISBN-10: 9780228008071

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 09/15/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/15/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 176

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Indigenous Studies

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs