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Aadizookewininiwag and the Visual Arts: Story as Process and Principle in Twenty-first Century Anishinaabag Painting

Stirrup, David F. (2013) Aadizookewininiwag and the Visual Arts: Story as Process and Principle in Twenty-first Century Anishinaabag Painting. In: Doerfler, Jill and Sinclair, Niigaanwewidam James and Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik, eds. Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories. American Indian Studies . Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI, pp. 297-316. ISBN 978-1-61186-067-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40640)

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Abstract

For the Anishinaabeg people, who span a vast geographic region from the Great Lakes to the Plains and beyond, stories are vessels of knowledge. They are "bagijiganan," offerings of the possibilities within Anishinaabeg life. Existing along a broad narrative spectrum, from "aadizookaanag "(traditional or sacred narratives) to "dibaajimowinan "(histories and news)--as well as everything in between--storytelling is one of the central practices and methods of individual and community existence. Stories create and understand, survive and endure, revitalize and persist. They honor the past, recognize the present, and provide visions of the future. In remembering, (re)making, and (re)writing stories, Anishinaabeg storytellers have forged a well-traveled path of agency, resistance, and resurgence. Respecting this tradition, this groundbreaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people's stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large. Examining a range of stories and storytellers across time and space, each contributor explores how narratives form a cultural, political, and historical foundation for Anishinaabeg Studies. Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life. They are new and dynamic bagijiganan, revealing a viable and sustainable center for Anishinaabeg Studies, what it has been, what it is, what it can be.

Item Type: Book section
Additional information: Book edited by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jill Doerfler, and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark;
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: David Stirrup
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 04:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40640 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stirrup, David F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8779-9067
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