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pihta ekwa wihta

by Joseph A. Dandurand
translated by Randy Morin

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native american, canadian
list price: $7.95
category: Poetry
published: 2017
publisher: Bookland Press

The poems in "pihta ekwa wihta" portray deep spiritual transformations and understandings of the ever-present feeling of being haunted by a not so distant past. Revealing important issues of Indigenous discrimination, poverty, and violence, the author undeniably illustrates the reality of the experiences many Indigenous people encounter while living on and off-reserve. This poetry collection reveals strong links to land, to family, and to the wisdom of elders. The book exposes struggles many Indigenous people encounter in getting an education, dealing with family issues and abuse, learning to respect themselves and demanding respect from others, finding their place in the world, and recovering their rich history and culture. "pihta ekwa wihta" illustrates the resilience and strength of the Indigenous people and the determination that they bring to their communities.

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Joseph A. Dandurand

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River east of Vancouver. He resides there with his three children, Danessa, Marlysse and Jace. Joseph is Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre, received a diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He is currently the storyteller-in-residence of the Vancouver Public Library. He has published twelve books of poetry, the most recent being I Want (Leaf Press), Hear and Foretell, The Rumour (BookLand Press) and Sh:lam (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House).

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Randy Morin

Randy Morin is a teacher, storyteller and English-Cree translator from the Big River First Nation, Treaty Six area. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies and Bachelor of Education Degree. He is a Member of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada and has over 10 years of experience in literary, radio and video voce-over translations from English to Cree and from Cree to English. He is a strong supporter of maintaining and teaching of Cree language and culture, and shares his knowledge in his community in Saskatoon, SK.
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