A Short History of the Blockade: Giant Beavers, Diplomacy, and Regeneration in Nishnaabewin is officially out today!
The book is the follow up to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's 2020 bestselling book Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, for which we hosted a virtual launch last fall in conversation with Catherine Hernandez!
In the book, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. Moving through genres, shifting through time, amikwag stories become a lens for the life-giving possibilities of dams and the world-building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance as both a negation and an affirmation.
A Short History of the Blockade reveals how the practice of telling stories is also a culture of listening, “a thinking through together,” and ultimately, like the dam or the blockade, an affirmation of life.
Here's a sneak peak:
You can purchase a copy here, from our online store.
We ship Canada-wide, deliver in Tiohtiá:ke / Montreal, and offer pickup in store.
A Short History of the Blockade
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the...More Info