In every walk of Canadian life—from business to education to the everyday—the reality is that increasingly you will be in contact with Anishnaabe World. Knowing something about Aboriginal people and their reality not only gives you an advantage over those who don’t, it’s just plain polite in this country now called Canada.
In the spirit of Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor and Tomson Highway, Roger Spielmann’s Anishnaabe World is an irreverent, teasing, hilarious, yet cross-culturally astute “Survival Guide” for Canadians increasingly aware of our country’s chequered past relations between Natives and non-Natives. Chief Ovide Mercredi says “I challenge the reader to really listen to what Roger Spielmann’s saying.”
Roger Spielmann, Ph.D., from Sudbury, is an Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Sudbury (federated with Laurentian University), where he has taught since 1990. Though he is non-Native, he lived for 11 years in the Algonquin community of Pikogan (1979-1990) where he was involved in a number of research, teaching and curriculum projects and was fortunate to become conversationally fluent in the Algonquin language. From 1983-1990 he served as the Coordinator of the Algonquin Language and Culture Program at Amo Ososwan School in the community of Winneway. The University of Toronto Press published his book, “You’re So Fat!”: Exploring Ojibwe Discourse (ISBN 9780802079589) in 1998, and reprinted it in 2003.
About the illustrators
Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Crane Clan, Nipissing First Nation (near North Bay), is an artist, journalist, and creator of the “Baloney and Bannock” cartoon seen regularly in the Anishinabek News. Tim Steven is a fine artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Kitchener, Ontario.
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