Are you looking for a book to add to your summer reading list? I suggest a paperback titled “Anishanaabe World” by Roger Spielmann that was enjoyable and informative. Susie Jones, an elder from Walpole Island, recently recommended “Anishnaabe World” as a good source for those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of our neighbours who are members of First Nations. Susie explains that the book is a down-to-earth and good natured way to introduce non-aboriginals to aboriginal peoples. She further commented, “Spielmann’s writing stays true to First Nations’ culture and resonates with both aboriginal and non-aboriginal alike”.
Spielmann’s purpose is succinctly captured in the book’s subtitle, “A Survival Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations”. He has penned a short, humourous cross-cultural guide in less than 200 pages. The book offers numerous examples from his own non-aboriginal experience of living in a First Nation’s community.
As one who has spent many years living North of Sixty, “Anishanaabe World” reminded me of many truths I learned over time. The book also addresses in humourous ways the many differences between our two cultures. It offers us, as non-aboriginals, a glimpse into relating to life and others in an alternative, beautiful way.
I’d be interested in receiving your feedback after you have read this entertaining book.
Nacy Wales csj
Nancy Wales is a Sister of St. Joseph. Nancy spent 22 years (1981-2003)
ministering in northern Canada as an educator in the Yellowknife Catholic
Schools. She feels privileged, while in the north, to have learned many
things from the Dogrib people.