|From The Publisher*||This anthology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba takes readers back through the millennia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of a territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. A rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches, it features: Historical writings, from important figures. Vibrant literary writing by eminent Aboriginal writers. Nonfiction and political writing from contemporary Aboriginal leaders. Local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far-reaching Manitoba communities. New, vibrant voices that express the modern Aboriginal experiences. Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Métis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba. Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writing from across Canada. Manitowapow, a one-of-a-kind anthology, is the first book in The Debwe Series. Manitowapow is the traditional name that became Manitoba, a word that describes the sounds of beauty and power that created the province.|
|From The Publisher*||This anothology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba takes readers back through the millenia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. A rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches, it features:|
- Historical writings, from important figures such as Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and Chief Peguis, to newly discovered pieces from lesser known but compelling storytellers, such as Kuskpatchees.
- Literary writing by eniment Aboriginal writers, such as Tomson Highway, Beatrice Mosionier, Duncan Mercredi, Rosanna Deerchild
- Nonfiction and political writing from contemporary Aboriginal leaders such as Phil Fontaine, David Courchene, and Justice Murray Sinclair
- Local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far reaching Manitoba communities.
- New, vibrant voices that express modern Aboriginal experiences.
- Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Metis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba
|Review Quote*||I share a vision that the editors and the writers have brought to life. Manitowapow will bring an understanding of the Aboriginal experience. Readers will learn from one another, put aside distrust, shun the erroneous misconception of the past, and embrace our humanity and compassion. - Beatrice Mosionier Manitowapow is a must-read, not only for all of Manitobans - but for all Canadians. It brings to life the history and experiences of one of the most beautiful places in the world through images, words, and stories of people who draw their lives from the land and water here. Our home is a storied place. This book tells this story, completing a chapter of history rarely told in books and classrooms. - Phil Fontaine These are voices that need to be heard and read. These are the foundations of our culture, foundations which have grown from generation to generation into the imagination and intellect of today. Of the today we will share. - John Ralston Saul|
|Biographical Note||Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair's, PhD., is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers such as The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (HighWater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013) He is also the editorial director of The Debwe Series, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press). Warren Cariou is a writer and Associate Professor of English at the University of Manitoba. He received a BA(Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto (1998). In 1999 he published a book of short stories: The Exalted Company of Roadside Martyrs with Coteau Books. This was followed up in 2002 with his memoir Lake of the Prairies, which gained him a wider audience. It won the 2002 Drainie-Taylor Prize for Biography and was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize. In 2005 he served on the jury for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.|