edited by Kyla LeSage, Thumlee Drybones-Foliot, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet’aɂà: Northern Indigenous Voices on Land, Life & Art is a collection of essays, interviews, short stories, and poetry written by emerging and established northern Indigenous writers and artists. Centered on land, cultural practice and northern life, this ground-breaking collection shares wealth of Dene (Gwich’in, Sahtú, Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, Saysi, Kaska, Dënesųłiné, Wıìlıìdeh) Inuit, Alutiiq, Inuvialuit, Métis, Nêhiyawak (Cree), Northern Tutchone, and Tanana Athabascan creative brilliance. Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet’aɂà holds up the voices of women and Two-Spirit and Queer writers to create a chorus of voices reflecting a deep love of Indigenous cultures, languages, homelands, and the north.
The book includes a series of pieces and interviews from established northern artists and musicians including Leela Gilday, Randy Baillargeon (lead singer for the Wıìlıìdeh Drummers), Inuit sisters, song-writers and throat singers Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay of Piqsiq, Two-Spirit Vuntut Gwitchin visual artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, Nunavik singer-songwriters Elisapie and Beatrice Deere and visual artist Camille Georgeson-Usher. Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet’aɂà also includes writing from well-known northern writers Siku Allooloo, T’áncháy Redvers (Fireweed), Antione Mountain (From Bear Rock Mountain), Glen Coulthard (Red Skin, White Masks), Katłįà Lafferty (Northern Wildflower, Land-Water-Sky, and Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, in amongst the best emerging writers in the north.
About the Editors:
Kyla LeSage is Vuntut Gwitchin from Old Crow, Yukon, and Anishinaabe from Garden River, Ontario. She is the Land Based Academic and Regional Outreach Coordinator at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
Thumlee Drybones-Foliot is Dënesųliné from Yellowknives Dene First Nation and is an alumni of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a researcher, writer, and educator of Mississauga and Scottish ancestry. She is a member of the gidigaa bzhiw dodem and a citizen of the Nishnaabeg nation. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is the past director of Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University. Her research interests include Indigenist theory and methodology, Indigenous political cultures and traditional governance, Nishnaabeg women, Indigenous Knowledge, and Indigenous philosophies on land and the environment. Leanne currently teaches at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge Athabasca University and has previously taught at Trent University, the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, and Tampere University in Finland.