The Dance of Wiindigo and Nanaboozhou

An Indigenous journey through hatred and violence
by Madeleine Berglund

The Dance of Wiindigo and Nanaboozhou is a collection of First People’s responses to the questions of what is hatred and racism.

This is a celebration of traditional teachings from Elders, activists, teachers and Wisdom Keepers of diverse Indigenous Nations across this land. It is a story that addresses the realities of residential schools, child welfare, women’s issues, land reclamation, the justice system and gender/sexuality for Native peoples. It invites both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to examine what it means to transcend the historical and present prejudices that give rise to hatred and violence.

Native Studies:
“This is such a necessary work. It begins with a theoretical analysis of our concepts and community discussion around them, this book accomplishes the beginning of a long journey to unraveling our ways and charting a course for returning to our original path. Haz’qa for this timely work.”
Lee Maracle, University of Toronto

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Book Reviews from Wilfrid Laurier University students

Students in the social justice program commented on the impact of the text as a group engaged in a graduate program in a university (Laurier campus, Brantford) that is geographically located within the area of the Haldimand Tract.

…this book showed me how much more I have to learn about colonization in Canada.

I have learned the value of relationships,

Interconnections – land and people

I am a colonized woman

I have learned the power of stories…

I have learned to question knowledge

Who writes the history books?

Prior to reading this book, I had not understood the depth of violence that has been perpetrated against Indigenous populations…I am reminded of the strength survivors enact daily…

…this book showed me how much more I have to learn about colonization in Canada.

I have learned the value of relationships,

Interconnections – land and people

I am a colonized woman

I have learned the power of stories…

I have learned to question knowledge

Who writes the history books?

Prior to reading this book, I had not understood the depth of violence that has been perpetrated against Indigenous populations…I am reminded of the strength survivors enact daily…