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Indigenous Book Club - Vera Wabegijig

31/05/2017

For the first session of our online book club, we’re thrilled to have Vera Wabegijig as the moderator. She is a nishnaabe poet, anishnaabe language enthusiast and writes on her blog located at https://verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com, which is wonderfully illustrated with her photos. Vera has been a poet for over 20 years, and her first book, wild rice dreams, is a collection of her poems, and can be borrowed here https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1040110026_wild_rice_dreams_canadian_aboriginal_voices.  You can find examples of her poems on the blog, and a real standout is this one about bird poop - https://verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/lucky-nish-poop-shirt/ as most people would not think to make art out of a stained shirt!

 To learn more about her poetry, visit this link: https://equitableeducation.ca/2014/vera-wabegijig-book and to see Vera read one of her works, click here: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1401127921687/1401128030270

Find the time to read the Outside Circle and participate in our online book chats:

·         Monday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. with Vera Wabegijig, a nishnaabe poet, blogger, and anishnaabe language enthusiast.

·         Tuesday, June 13 at 7:15 pm with Patti LaBoucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle.

Do you have a favourite Indigenous poet? Have you read a poem that really spoke to you?

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Comments

Greg Scofield's collection I Knew Two Metis Women

I love Greg Scofield's poetry but my favourite Indigenous poet has to be Jeannette Armstrong. Her words are so evocative and simple. I am reminded of part of one of her poems that I have always loved and brings to mind the important role that Indigneous poets, writers and artists play. From "Threads of Old Memory". I am the weaver of memory thread/twining past to future/I am the artist/the storyteller/the singer/from the known and familiar/pushing out into darkness/dreaming splinters together/the coming to knowing.